Pattonville speech and debate students earn multiple honors
Pattonville speech and debate students earn multiple honors
Thursday, December 7, 2017
As Pattonville gears up for hosting its annual student-run tournament on Dec. 8 and 9, the Pattonville High School speech and debate team is also celebrating numerous awards earned at recent tournaments. More than 30 schools with more than 500 students are expected to compete this weekend at the Pattonville contest.

At the Greater St. Louis (GSL) Conference Preseason Tournament, seven students received honors. Rachel McCormick and Kaliahna Carroll placed first and Harith Al Yuwaili and Mohaimen Al Yuwaili placed fourth in novice Duet Improv. Eli Card placed third in novice Impromptu Speaking. Brianna Smith and Brittany Strasburger placed sixth in varsity Duet Improv.

During the Parkway West tournament, Harith Al Yuwaili and Mohaimen Al Yuwaili placed first in Top Novice Duo Interpretation. The following students were also semifinalists: Hannah Berg in novice Radio Speaking, Emily Lu in Prose/Poetry and Edmond Zhang in varsity Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking. In addition to these honors, Bell Tucci placed fifth in novice Radio Speaking.

At the GSL Conference Tournament, Camilla Wilkerson was among the top novices in varsity Policy Debate and earned first in novice Radio Speaking. Anna de Garcia and Eden Magana Lopez placed second in novice Public Forum Debate. In addition to her honors at the preseason tournament, Strasburger earned second in Storytelling and fifth in varsity Radio Speaking.

During the Francis Howell North Events Tournament, Devin Zahner placed fifth in varsity International Extemporaneous Speaking. Harith Al Yuwaili and Mohaimen Al Yuwaili placed sixth in novice Duo Interpretation and Strasburger placed sixth in Storytelling.

At the Troy Buchanan Debate Tournament, Tajh Martin and Tucci earned second in novice Public Forum Debate. Lu placed third in novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate. And, in novice Policy Debate, Wilkerson placed fifth and Lacey Harder and McCormick placed sixth. In addition, the team won fourth place in overall Debate Sweepstakes. Additional members of the team are Krista Baught, Card, Lihn Chittakhone, Adam Kendrick, Mariyah Simpson, Xmiena Rogers Stamps, Aubrey Tendiel and James Vie.

Teacher Jennifer Raymond coaches the speech and debate team.

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