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Speech and Debate Team Wins Big at Local Tournament

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The Talking Rams came out on top in the Greater Saint Louis Speech League’s Finals Tournament held Jan. 20 and 21 at Ritenour High School. The students faced strong competition but came out on top with four team trophies, eight individual trophies, and high rankings for all students.

The qualifying preliminary rounds were held throughout first semester at various schools. Scores were then examined to determine advancing students. The Talking Rams advanced seven debate entries, five interpretation event events, two Congressional Debate entries, and eight public speaking entries.

Team Honors:

  • Interpretation Sweepstakes – 3rd place
  • Debate Sweepstakes – 2nd place
  • Public Speaking Sweepstakes – 1st place
  • Overall Sweepstakes – 1st place

Individual Rankings (1st-3rd place received trophies):

Congressional Debate:

  • Scott Sanchez, 5th place speaker, Chamber Two
  • Ben Zhang, 4th place speaker, Chamber One


  • Mike Figenshau and David Streid, 4th place, Policy Debate
  • Xunyi Gao and Becca Langsam, 4th place, Public Forum Debate

Interpretation Events:

  • Sydney Petersen, 5th place, Dramatic Interpretation
  • Janine Norman, 1st place, Dramatic Interpretation
  • Collin Christner, 4th place, Humorous Interpretation
  • Sayli Sant, 1st place, Humorous Interpretation
  • Olivia Gada, 1st place, Storytelling

Public Speaking:

  • Katy Chang, 8th place, Original Oratory
  • Harika Upadhyayula, 6th place, Original Oratory
  • Jerome Gregory, 4th place, Original Oratory
  • David Abraham, 4th place, Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Emily Bell, 3rd place, Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Sarah Allen, 2nd place, Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Emily Chu, 6th place, Radio Speaking
  • Sayli Sant, 2nd place, Radio Speaking

The team will compete at Parkview High School’s Bob Bilyeu Winter Classic the last weekend of January followed by Marquette High School’s Invitational on Feb. 17 – 18 before heading into three weekends of District Tournaments!