Ladue Horton Watkins High School senior Emily Bell was named the Consolation Champion at the Montgomery Bell Academy’s Southern Bell Forum Extemporaneous Speaking Round Robin. Held the first weekend of January, Emily faced challenging competition in facing twenty of the best extemporaneous speakers in the country.
The tournament, held in Nashville, Tennessee, is invitation-only and students must place in other national tournaments in order to be invited. Bell has attended the National Forensic League’s National Tournament the past three years in extemporaneous speaking and has traveled to various tournaments around the country. In 2011 she competed at George Mason University’s Extemporaneous Speaking Round Robin and in the Open Tournament (in which she received 4th place). She has also been invited to the Tournament of Champions in Extemporaneous Speaking multiple times.
Montgomery Bell Academy’s Southern Bell Forum Extemporaneous Speaking Round Robin consisted of ten rounds with both domestic and foreign topics. After six rounds, the tournament was split into the champion bracket and consolation bracket. Bell competed with strength and determination and after the tenth round was named Consolation Champion.
Bell is currently 15th in the national points race in extemporaneous speaking and will be competing in three more tournaments this year with the goal of advancing to the National Forensic League’s National Tournament for a fourth consecutive year.