KINGSTON — Sacred Heart junior Kayla Turner will continue a family tradition of excellent debate performance and compete in the Catholic Nationals in Milwaukee later this month.

This qualification comes on the heels of some other performances, including the Tournament of Champions, held recently at the University of Kentucky.

“This tournament tracks students throughout the school year; and Kayla impressed them enough that they invited her to compete against other students from across the country. She entered several events: Dramatic Interpretation; and Poetry and Oratory Prose. She qualified as a semifinalist in all of the categories she entered, and she was a finalist in the Dramatic Interpretation category. After her performance there and her trip to Milwaukee in a few weeks, she will be headed for the National speech & Debate League in Dallas, which is the biggest event of the year,” said Dan Sapir, Speech & Debate Coach at Sacred Heart School in Kingston.

Turner is two years behind her brother, Kory, who had the chance to compete together when they were both students at Sacred Heart.

“They are both extraordinary people. It is rare for two students, especially a brother and sister, from one school to reach this level of competitive success.” Sapir said. “Kayla has been on the winning circuit from her junior high days through the present, and we are very excited to see her go to these next events and represent our school. We are all very proud of what she has accomplished.”

“We are very proud of Kayla’s accomplishments and wish her the best of luck in the upcoming competitions. We know she will do well! And we thank our Speech & Debate Coach Dan Sapir on his good work with our students,” Sister Myra Rodgers, president of Sacred Heart School, said.