SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit High School Speech and Debate Team, serving as the host institution for the New Jersey District Tournament, captured the Speech Sweepstakes title and the Leading Chapter Award while qualifying a record number of entries to the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament.

The National Speech and Debate Tournament is the largest academic tournament in the world, featuring more than 3,500 high school students from all 50 U.S. states competing in a week-long competition to determine the most prestigious title in high school academics -- National Champion. This year's tournament will be held in Birmingham, AL, on June 18-23.

In order to qualify for the national tournament in one of the 11 speech and debate events, students must place in the top three at their District Tournament. If students place in more than one event, they must choose one event to take to the national tournament. The Summit team qualified students in every interpretation event, claiming all three spots in Duo Interpretation; Original Oratory; and Public Forum Debate.

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The following Summit High School students qualified for the NSDA National tournament:

Kimberly Lee - Program Oral Interpretation (qualified last summer by advancing to the national semifinal round)
Matt Colon, Original Oratory
Matt Wilson, Dramatic Interpretation
James Badenhausen, Humorous Interpretation
Gerard Apruzzese, Program Oral Interpretation
Stefania Valera, Program Oral Interpretation
Zack Olson and Erin Manion, Duo Interpretation
Mitchell Sink and Darby Ryden, Duo Interpretation
Hope Kovera and Grace Milsten, Duo Interpretation
Rachel Blume and Yannick Nandury, Public Forum Debate

Alternates to the National Tournament:

Cate Esposito, Humorous Interpretation
Juliet Huneke, Program Oral Interpretation

The following student placed in other events, but selected to compete in another event:

Matt Colon, Informative Speaking
Hope Kovera, Dramatic Interpretation
Zack Olson, Dramatic Interpretation