SUMMIT, NJ - Forty Summit High School students, competing in nine events, accumulated points by advancing to elimination rounds and placing in the final rounds. to earn the Hilltopper Speech and Debate Team a top sweepstakes trophy, placing second out of 250 schools at the prestigious Yale Invitational. 
 
The three-day, national circuit competition attracted schools from 28 states and five countries. Twenty-two of the Summit High School students advanced to elimination rounds, including:
 
Public Forum Debate

- Caroline Wohl and Ethan Mandelbaum, Double Octos (top 32 teams out of 225)
- Wohl also won Ninth place in the speaker award category (out of 500)
 
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Parliamentary Debate

- Ben Schachter and Christina Guo, Double Octos
 
Original Oratory

Katherin Recio, Quarterfinalists 
 
Dramatic Interpretation

- Zack Olson, Hope Kovera, and Grace Milsten, Quarterfinalists
 
Programmed Oral Interpretation

Gerard Apruzzese, Fifth
Savannah Dooley, Fourth
Stefania Valera, Second
Kim Lee, First
 
Humorous Interpretation Finalist

Erin Manion, Second
 
Duo Interpretation Finalists

Claire Fitzpatrick and Catie Floegel, Sixth
Anne Borzner and Matt Wilson, Fourth
Sean McManus and Keegan McManus, Second