LEXINGTON, KY - A week before the ponies Run for the Roses, the Summit High School Speech and Debate Team ran for golden glory at the Tournament of Champions (TOC) held at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Hilltoppers Kimberly Lee, Sean McManus, Keegan McManus and Matt Wilson all earned finalists berths, with Lee taking First Place in Dramatic Interpretation.

In order to qualify for the TOC, competitors must receive one or two bids by advancing to elimination rounds at one of the several national circuit tournaments such as Harvard, Yale, or Glenbrooks.

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The Summit team qualified more than thirty students for the prestigious tournament this year, one of the largest contingencies at the TOC.

Of the students competing at TOC, several reached the 'out' rounds, including:

Quarterfinalists

Bella Anidjar and Annika Carlson - Humorous Interpretation
Annie Milsten  - Oral Interpretation
Hope Kovera, Keegan McManus, Zack Olson  - Dramatic Interpretation

Semifinalists

Sean McManus - Dramatic Interpretation
Gerard Apruzzese  - Oral Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation
Hope Kovera and Grace Milsten; Erin Manion and Zack Olson; Harry Saroff and Cooper Daley - Duo Interpretation

Finalists

Duo Interpretation

Sean McManus and Keegan McManus - Fourth Place

Dramatic Interpretation

Kimberly Lee - First Place
Matt Wilson - Seventh Place

Program Oral Interpretation

Kimberly Lee - Second Place