This story was submitted by Jenny Achten, grades 6-12 speech and debate chair.
The upper and middle speech and debate teams did not miss a beat as they switched to the new world of online tournaments. Although they look forward to being able to compete in person again, the students have done a wonderful job of adapting and their competitive success highlights their hard work.
In September, the team competed at tournaments hosted by CSU Long Beach, the Greenhill School of Texas, Valley High School in Iowa and Milpitas High School. In October, they were at tournaments held by Yale University, Presentation High School and Damien High School. Award winners are listed by competition event below. Events are in the varsity division, unless otherwise noted.
Original oratory: Andrea Thia, William Chien, grade 11; Sara Wan, grade 10
Congressional debate: Nathan Ohana, grade 12; April Sun, Aaditya Gulati, grade 11
Lincoln-Douglas debate: Akshay Manglik, Andy Lee, grade 12; Rohan Thakur, Anshul Reddy, Deven Shah, grade 11; Rahul Mulpuri, Deeya Viradia, grade 10; Ansh Sheth, grade 9
Impromptu speaking: William Chien, Andrea Thia, grade 11; Dyllan Han, grade 10
Dramatic interpretation: Dyllan Han, grade 10
Extemporaneous speaking: Michelle Jin, grade 10; Ella Lan, grade 9
Public forum debate: Melody Luo, Vienna Parnell, Vedant Kenkare, Caden Lin, Rohan Rashingkar, Arnav Jain, grade 11; Carol Wininger, grade 10; Max Xing, grade 9
Junior varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate: Stefan Maxim, grade 8
Junior varsity public forum debate: Ruhan Sahasi, Veer Sahasi, grade 8
Novice Lincoln-Douglas debate: Aarush Vailaya, grade 8; Ananya Pradhan, Sofia Shah, grade 7