FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - Summit High School senior Kimberly Lee has become the school's first-ever forensics national champion, finishing first overall in the Dramatic Interpretation competition of the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Tournament in Ft.Lauderdale,

The tournament is the largest academic competition in the world, featuring more than 4,000 students from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

Lee's category, Dramatic Interpretation, began with 240 competitors. After 12 grueling rounds of competition, the field was narrowed to just six finalists, and Lee emerged victorious.

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Summit High School also won a School of Excellence in Speech award by ranking in the top 20 out of 1,000 schools competing in the national tournament. The team qualified seven students for the NSDA National Tournament, including:

Kimberly Lee, Dramatic Interpretation, finalist - CHAMPION

Caroline Abut, Dramatic Interpretation, quarterfinalist

Harry Saroff, Humorous Interpretation, quarterfinalist

Ryan Colon, Original Oratory; advanced to Round 5 in Expository Speaking

Alisha Kewalramani, Informative Speaking

Iain Alvidrez and Tim Erday, Duo Interpretation