LEXINGTON, KY - A week before the ponies made their Run for the Roses, 14 Summit High School School Speech and Debate Team members traveled to the Bluegrass State for their own elite Derby, joining more than 150 schools from 31 states at the Tournament of Champions.

In order to qualify for the event held at the University of Kentucky, competitors had to advance to a final elimination round at a national circuit tournament during the season such as Harvard, Yale, or Princeton.

Hilltoppers advancing to the elimination rounds included:

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Finalist

Kim Lee - Fifth Place  Dramatic Interpretation

Semifinalists

Annie Milsten - Oral Interpretation
Kim Lee - Program Oral Interpretation

Quarterfinalists

Alisha Kewalramani - Original Oratory
Elizabeth Maloney - Oral Interpretation
Beatrice Halper - Humorous Interpretation
Annie Milsten - Program Oral Interpretation