By Marina Souliman
Pristine suits, briefcases, pens and papers. They are all a part of the speech and debate life. This year the speech and debate team took its talents far from home to tournaments at Stanford and Harvard University.
In past years, the team has excelled at Stanford; this year was no different. After weeks of casing for debate and preparing their speeches, they competed in a variety of events. Starting on February 10 and running through the weekend, team members competed vigorously against teams from around the world.
For speech, Allen Ryoo made it to quarterfinals in Original Oratory, Tim Meyers placed 8th in National Extemporaneous Speaking, while Jason Repollo made it to semifinals in Dramatic Interpretation. Furthermore, Diego Borgsdorf placed 5th in International Extemporaneous Speaking and Cathy Ramos made it to semifinals in Oratorical Interpretation.
As for the Lincoln-Douglas debate, Sonia Hamid, Salwa Hossain, and Gigi Mkchyan broke to triple octofinals. Elizabeth Claypool and Jesse Vasquez made it to double octofinals while Tara Foroughi made it to octofinals and won 3rd best speaker. Aishwarya Mehta won 4th speaker in Public Forum. Finally, Ruth Okonkwo reached quarterfinals.
Along with the Stanford tounament, the speech team competed at the Harvard University tournament for the first time ever, on February 17. Auditions were held a few weeks prior to determine who would be competing. In two days of open auditions, students performed their pieces for Speech Coach Rachael Phipps. Gurbir Singh, Luis Gallardo, Julia Kirkpatrick, Camille Green, Nikhil Chakravarty, Ruth Okonkwo and Andrew Orellana were chosen.
At the competition in Harvard University, Orellana broke to Octafinals.
“It’s a good opportunity for our competitors to expand their horizons, and see teams from all over the nation.
These tournaments give them a chance to share their message with hundreds of people that they may never have met without these tournaments. Plus, they get to have fun with their team, and explore new places,” Speech Captain and senior Gurbir Singh said.