Christianna Friedrichsen from Sayre High School earned special recognition for excellence in speech and debate at the 2012 National Forensics League National Tournament in Indianapolis.

Christi was the first four-time qualifier from Sayre High School, and one of only 38 students in the entire nation to earn the coveted award.

Sayre student Sarah Polinski was also recognized as one of the top 30 speakers in Dramatic Interpretation at the tournament. Sarah survived 10 rounds of competition before being eliminated in the event quarterfinals. Last year, she finished in 14th place.

Other students who competed in main and supplemental events at the prestigious tournament include Ryan Kipp, John Northrup, Lydia Szlasa and Austin Willis. The students are coached by Kerry Barrett, Sally Hickey and Tom Yonkin.

Nearly 3,000 students participated in the 2012 NFL National Tournament, billed as the world's largest academic competition. The event drew visitors from across the country and beyond. Top performers take home over $200,000 in college scholarships.

To attend, students must qualify at one of NFL's 108 district tournaments. National competition occurs in 11 main events - Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Congressional Debate - House, Congressional Debate - Senate, Original Oratory, United States Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation and Duo Interpretation - as well as seven consolation and supplemental events. For more information, visit the tournament website,

Submitted by the National Forensics League and the Sayre High School forensics team.