RANDOLPH, NJ- As the season of speech-giving and debating came to an end in March, the team closed the year with it’s annual banquet at the Randolph Diner on April 25. This celebration followed the renowned States and Districts Tournaments.

Speech and debate, also known as Forensics, is composed of several competitive events that require competitors to either act, give speeches, or debate certain topics. The association, which is also a honor society, teaches students important research, analysis, and public speaking skills that allow them to reach and audience and benefit other aspects of their lives.

Listed below are the results of the major, end-of-the-year tournaments. Notably this year, Randolph boasted two state champions and three national qualifiers, a record-breaking number!

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State Tournament

Bryn Bennett - Semifinalist in Humorous Interpretation, State Champion of Program Oral Interpretation

Mallika Ravi - 2nd place in Informative Speaking

Caitlyn Dempsey - State Champion in Oral Interpretation

Claudia Pietrus - Semifinalist in Original Oratory

Simran Kakkar - Semifinalist in Junior Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate

 

Districts (and National Qualifiers)

Claudia Pietrus - Semifinalist in Original Oratory

Sabrina Hu - Semifinalist in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking

Katherine Hu - National Qualifier in Original Oratory

Kathryn Altman - 2nd Alternate and Semifinalist in HI

Mallika Ravi - National Qualifier in Informative Speaking

Bryn Bennett - National Qualifier in Humorous Interpretation and Program Oral Interpretation

Brenna McConnell - Finalist in Big Questions Debate

 

It’s the end of yet another successful season for the team. Although the season nears its end, the National Tournament draws closer with each day as the qualifiers prepare. The team is happily anticipating the beginning of the next season, which resumes in September.


Editor's Note: Allie Wu is a student at RHS and part of  journalism club.