Ladue Horton Watkins High School was represented by six students at the National Forensic League’s National Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama. The tournament is a grueling week of competition from morning until evening with practice rounds and preparation for the next day at night.
Below are the Ladue students who attended and their main event:
Sarah Allen – United States Extemporaneous Speaking
Chloe An – United States Extemporaneous Speaking
Collin Christner and Sydney Petersen – Duo Interpretation
Jerome Gregory – Original Oratory
Haohang Xu – Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Sarah Allen and Jerome Gregory were both Top 30 (quarterfinalists) in their main events. The original competitor pools were over 200 students per event so to make it to the top 30 speaks to their hard work and excellence. Sarah and Jerome were both 15th in their main event – one spot shy of being a semifinalist.
Once students are eliminated from their main event, the tournament provides supplemental and consolation events for students.
Haohang Xu made it through 10 rounds of Extemporaneous Debate which places her in the Top 50 — the original competition pool was over 800 students!
Sarah Allen was semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking.
Jerome Gregory was a finalist in Impromptu Speaking. He was recognized at the national awards ceremony and placed 3rd in the nation! This is the best finish for a Ladue student in about five years!
The national tournament ended a wonderful year of competition for the speech and debate team. The team is gearing up for the 2013-2014 tournament season which begins the 28th of September!