Randolph NJ--The Randolph High School Speech and Debate Team competed well at this year’s Twenty-Seventh Annual Yale Invitational Tournament, sending two members to the semifinals. The tournament was held at Yale University over the weekend of Sept. 13 - 15. 

Advancing to the semifinals were RHS seniors Tyler Harper and Anthony Demelfi, who competed in the duo interpretation category. “The Yale tournament is a really good time,” stated Harper, the interpretation captain of the club. “Ignoring the competition aspect of it, it’s a great place to spend time with friends and meet new people.”

Speech and Debate is a club with many different events in which members are encouraged to express themselves and show their true inner selves. Speech events include Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, and Duo Interpretation. Debate categories include Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas.

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 “My feelings on Yale are that it’s a great tournament because it’s the first tournament of the year and it’s a lot of fun,” stated Kyle Johnson, who is the Captain of Congress and Limited Prep. “It allows us to shake off the rust after not competing for several months against people we don’t normally compete against.”

“I enjoyed the Yale tournament this year because I got to try out a new event and bond with the team,” stated Nicole Yakovlev, a junior who is currently a part of the club. “It was a great way to start the competition season.”

The next tournament, which is the NYC Invitational, will occur the weekend of Oct. 12 - 14 at Bronx High School of Science in New York.

Editor's Note: Sean Wattman is a junior participating in a journalism program at Randolph High School.