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Spartan Speech & Debate Nationals
The Spartan Speech and Debate squads ended their season at the NSDA National Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale (FL) held from June 17-22.  The Speech Team earned a School of Excellence award as one of the top 20 tetrophyams in the nation!  Individual results include:  Alec Ferris-quarterfinalist (top 30), Informative Speaking; Katrina Schleich-quarterfinalist (top 30), Program Oral Interpretation; Pierce Yates-semifinalist (top 18), Poetry Interpretation; Ellie Woody-semifinalist (14th place), Original Oratory.  The Debate team also had a great showing, with Jennifer Wang advancing to the semifinal round (top 4) of Big Questions debate. The World Debate team (Avani Nooka, Erin Bell, Sasha Belashchenko, Morgan Valley) finished with a 4-2 record, and Congressional Debaters Suzie Cho and Ritsa Giannakas finished 7th and 9th, respectively, in their preliminary rounds.  Congrats to all these students and their coaches.