Speech and Debate Team Shines Again


The Speech and Debate Team completed another successful tournament at Bellaire High School this past weekend. The speech students competed in three preliminary rounds before advancing to semifinals and then to finals in individual and acting events. The debate students competed in five preliminary rounds before advancing to semifinals and finals. There were over 56 schools who participated, and Tompkins Speech and Debate brought home a first place tournament sweepstakes. The following students ranked high in their respective competitive categories.

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
First – Nishant Devaraj (Earned State Qualification)
Second – Byron Xu (Earned State Qualification)
Third – Saanika Halapeti
Sixth – Vikram Padmanaban
Original Oratory
Fourth – Saanika Halapeti
Fifth – Byron Xu (Earned State Qualification)
Informative Speaking
Third – Nicholas Khami
Fourth – Siddhant Puranik
Sixth – Rehan Rupawalla
Congressional Debate
Eight – Husain Dhoon
Novice Dramatic Interpretation
Third – Monica Nag
Novice Congressional Debate
First – Kylan Chen
Novice Public Forum Debate
First – Anagha Tirumalai & Sheera Wang