Speech and Debaters Travel to Birmingham Alabama to Compete

Debater Hank Beyer(12) performs during the Speech and Debate showcase during lunch, The showcase was previously allocated during school, but was moved because of April 18th complications involving using class to host an assembly.

Debater Hank Beyer(12) performs during the Speech and Debate showcase during lunch, The showcase was previously allocated during school, but was moved because of April 18th complications involving using class to host an assembly.

Speech and debate recently showcased their performances and finesse to potential applicants during the lunch period of the April 18th instead of the usual during school showcase. There are now only a remaining number of weeks until the team ventures on to Nationals this June.

Fourth year speech participant Ellen Geiselman(12) is going to nationals for Original Oratory along with Dramatic Interpretation finalist, Melissa Frydman(11). The policy debate duo Katja Molinaro and Wilson Mullen are also going to Nationals.

The Speech and Debate team recently drove by bus to Youngstown where the Speech and Debate team partook in the state championships.

“I think that the team did an amazing job this year, and I was so lucky to be part of such a fantastic program with a great group of people,” Mackenzie Reed(9) said.

There were also some concerns this year about using class time for the showcase, so the Speech and Debate showcase time allotment was moved to the lunch hour.

“This was my first year doing speech and I think from what I saw I was amazed!,” Vaughn Cockayne said.

According to the Oakwood Register, ten Oakwood debaters qualified to advance to the OHSSL State Tournament including senior partners Cameron Long (12) and Leo Schenk(12) and were joined by Grady Fultz(10) and Mackenzie Reed(9) as state qualifiers in policy debate.

By Colin Mackintosh

mackintosh.colin@oakwoodschools.org

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