RIPON, WI  The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to announce that Jay Sirot and Noah Weinflash, both seniors at Montville Township High School (MTHS) advanced to the national final rounds in United States Extemporaneous Speaking  and Original Oratory, respectively. The two spent June 14 to 19, 2015 in Dallas competing against hundreds of students from across the United States at the National Speech & Debate Tournament—the largest academic competition in the world.

Both Sirot and Weinflash competed a total of 13 rounds in their individual events, in front of 49 different judges from throughout the country. Each competed against a pool of over 240 nationally ranked competitors. Sirot placed 2nd in the nation in US Extemporaneous Speaking and Weinflash placed 5th in Original Oratory.

The two Mustangs were joined by six other MTHS Forensics Team national qualifiers at the event.

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“The National Tournament showcases the brightest and most talented students in the country,” said J. Scott Wunn, Executive Director of the National Speech & Debate Association. “We are extremely proud of Noah Weinflash and Jay Sirot for their outstanding accomplishments.”

More than 4,000 students representing more than 1,200 schools competed at the National Speech & Debate Tournament in Dallas from June 14 to 19.

This year, eight members of the MTHS Team qualified for Nationals.

In addition, Sirot and Weinflash, and seniors Elaine Huang and James Min, competed on the NJ World Debate team, along with three students from Science Park High School in Newark. Team NJ placed 7th out of 145 teams. MTHS Assistant Coach, Michael Miller was the coach of record. Senior, Matthew Pilsbury was a Representative in the House; Pranav Kumar was a Senator, and advanced to the semifinal round in the Senate, and then went on to advance to the quarterfinal round in Impromptu Speaking.

MTHS received a SPEECH 2015 School of Excellence trophy, ranking in the top 20 speech schools in the country.

Coach Mary T. Gormley received the coveted Fifth Diamond Key Award from the National Forensics League.

The MTHS Forensics Team currently has 65 team members. The team practices two to three days a week, and competes from September through June. Some students also train and compete throughout the summer.

Sirot is one of only 16 students who has qualified for The Great Communicators Debates at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA from July 23 to 26.

In the fall, Sirot will attend Michigan State, and Weinflash will attend Tufts.

About the National Speech & Debate Association

The National Speech & Debate Association is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school, and collegiate students in the United States. The Association provides competitive speech and debate activities, high-quality resources, comprehensive training, scholarship opportunities, and advanced recognition to more than 150,000 students and coaches every year. For 90 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has empowered more than 1.5 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society. For more information, visit www.speechanddebate.org.

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At the National Speech & Debate Association competition in June, Montville Township High School seniors Jay Sirot and Noah Weinflash placed 2nd and 5thin the nation in United States Extemporaneous Speaking and Original Oratory, respectively. MTHS Forensics Coach, Mary T. Gormley, not only received the coveted Fifth Diamond Key Award from the National Forensics League, but she also accepted the 2015 SPEECH School of Excellence trophy, which indicates that the MTHS Forensics team ranks in the top 20 speech schools in the country.

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At the National Speech & Debate Association competition in June, Montville Township High School seniors Noah Weinflash and Jay Sirot placed 5th and 2ndin the nation in Original Oratory and United States Extemporaneous Speaking, respectively. The MTHS Forensics team also received a Quarterfinalist Award for United States World Schools Debate Invitational, and the 2015 SPEECH School of Excellence trophy.  The MTHS Forensics Team ranks in the top 20 speech schools in the country.