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Upper Speech And Debate Team Competed At Apple Valley, Staley Last Weekend; 12 Students Have Been Named Academic All-Americans
Andrew Mouzin

The upper school speech and debate team competed at two different tournaments Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2. Four members finished in the top 24 at the Apple Valley tournament in Minnesota. At the Staley tournament, three competitors were named tournament champions. Additionally, 12 students have garnered National Speech and Debate Academic All-American honors.

Here are the results from Apple Valley and Staley:

Apple Valley

  • Anoushka Makkad finished in the top 12 in Informative Speaking
  • Lauren Lee finished in the top 18 in Oratory
  • Zoe Ganter finished in the top 18 in Informative Speaking
  • Maggie Johnston finished in the top 24 in Informative Speaking



Tournament Champions

  • Jancyn Appel and Shirom Makkad - Public Forum Debate
  • Jancyn Appel - United States Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Audrey O’Shaughnessy - Informative Speaking


  • Congress - Lily Jiang
  • Oratory - Mubariz Tahirkheli
  • Policy Debate - Lily Jiang and Mubariz Tahirkheli; Adrian Castaner and Davis Miller 


  • United States Extemporaneous Speaking - Eli Toney 
  • Congress - John Butler
  • Humorous Interpretation - Davis Miller 
  • Duo Interpretation - Louisa Gear and Addie Schmidt

Academic All-Americans

Congratulations to the following students who have been named National Speech and Debate Academic All-Americans:

  • Jancyn Appel
  • Nichole Calvin
  • Emily Dickey
  • Gus Erdman
  • Pallavi Jonnalagadda
  • Lily Jiang
  • Mulan Jiang
  • Zara Johnson
  • Jackson Letts
  • Nicholas Letts
  • Shirom Makkad
  • Caroline O'Shaughnessy