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Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands team preparing for national debate in Florida

By Lori Lyn Lirio

JONATHAN Wolf and Filipino American Vladimir Palma, who won in 2017 National Junior Speech Debate Association championship, both aim to make it to the final round when they compete at 2018 NJSDA to be held at Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 20-22.

I am really hoping to make it at least to Top 5. Semi final is my first goal. I just want to be able to break into the top,” Wolf said. He admitted that it might be very hard because they will be competing with other people.

We do not know how good these people are, we just have to expect that they are going to be really good.”

Wolf also said he and his team are practicing all the time, helping each other by giving comments and tips to improve their performances.

Palma, meanwhile, said he has to be mentally prepared in order to survive the rigorous competition.

I really wish to at least make it to the final round like what I did last year. But I also aim for the first place.”

Wolf, who won first place in the Declamation category in 2016 and second place Humorous Interpretation and finished third Prose in 2017, said he will doing four events this year.

Wolf will compete in Prose, Poetry, Humorous Interpretation, and Duo Interpretation.

For his preparation, Wolf said he read books and searched for a unique piece.

I don’t like picking the piece that is already been used because it will be boring if a judge has to sit down and hear the exact same pieces over and over again,” he said.

The Western Pacific Region of the NJSDA CNMI team held a showcase day at the American Memorial Park theatre on Sunday afternoon.

Wolf and his younger brother, Lars, did the Disney’s “A Bug’s Life” for their Duo Interpretation.

For his Dramatic Interpretation, Palma did Danny Hoch’s ‘Cesar’.

The reason why I chose this piece because I thought it was different –portraying a father. I felt like it was a good opportunity for me to branch out into a different style,” Palma said in an interview.

Wolf and Palma are part of the CNMI team who will fly on June 15.

The CNMI-NJSDA team includes:

Edgardo Palma – Hopwood Middle School

Cevinna Huang – Saipan International School

Oceana Teigita – Dandan Middle School

Vivien Lu – Hopwood Middle School

Vladimir Radge Palma – Hopwood Middle School

Juliet Inocencio – Dandan Middle School

Jill Anne Mallari – Mount Carmel School

Dane Hodges – Saipan International School

Christian Pamintuan – Green Meadow School

Patreisha Concillado – Francisco M. Sablan Middle School

Elaine Fernandez – Francisco M. Sablan Middle School

Jonathan Wolf – Dandan Middle School

Lars Wolf – Dandan Middle School

Issa Teigita – Dandan Middle School.

Lori Lyn Lirio
Lori Lyn C. Lirio is a veteran newshen having worked for the People's Journal Tonight for more than 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications degree from the Lyceum of the Philippines University. She currently writes for the Marianas Variety, Saipan's number one community paper. .

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