TMLA Tournament Winners for Speech and Debate

Congratulations to the Speech and Debate Team!  At a tournament held here at Mary Louis on Dec. 1, a number of our speakers won awards:    SM Christina Kundu, FW Olivia Taverni and SM Sydney Hanson placed 1st, 2nd and 4th in Student Congress – and both Christina and Olivia qualified for the New York State Championships in April.

JR Cassidy Barry, SM Stella DiCicco and SM Bridget Farrell placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Impromptu Speaking.  SM Stacey Zheng and FW Ella Hyde were undefeated – and placed 1st in Public Forum Debate, and  SM Carla Delgado placed 4th in Declamation.

 At a tournament hosted by Achievement First Brooklyn HS on Nov.3, a number of Mary Louis speakers won awards:  In Duo Interpretation, JRs Julianna Lechtanski and Laila Smith placed 2nd.   In Oral Interpretation of Literature, SR Koreena Deen placed 2nd.   In Extemporaneous Speaking, JR Anastasia Poulos placed 5th.   In Student Congress, FW Olivia Taverni placed 4th and SM Christina Kundu placed 6th.   In Varsity Public Forum Debate, SMs Samira Cruz-Tillery and Rumaisa Rawshan placed 2nd  and SMs Eliana Cortez and Stacey Zheng placed 7th.   Overall, the speech team placed 4th, the debate team placed 4th, the Congress team placed 2nd and the entire team placed 2nd in the sweepstakes competition.

TMLA Speech and Debate Team members received awards for excellence at the tournament held on October 20:  Sophomores Amy Chui placed 3rd in Declamation, Kaitlyn Chesleigh placed 3rd in JV Oral Interpretation of Poetry, Koreen Deen placed 4th in Varsity Oral Interpretation of Literature; also, Juniors Anastasia Poulos placed 5th in Extemporaneous Speaking and Cassidy Barry placed 3rd in Student Congress.

Kaitlyn and Cassidy have both qualified to compete in this year’s State Championships at Hofstra University in April in consideration of their earlier accomplishments.

Kaitlyn had received an award for her 8th place finish in Oral Interpretation of Literature at a Speech and Debate competition hosted by Yale University.

JR Cassidy had won an award for placing 2nd in Student Congress when the official Brooklyn-Queens Catholic Forensic League season opened locally on September 29.


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