Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate

Tyler Kinzy (He/Him/His), Managing Editor-in-Chief December 22, 2020

When the average American hears the word debate, they likely think of election season shouting matches that seem to focus on soundbites more than substance. Competitive speech and debate, however, is a...

Making final adjustments during practice, junior Fatema Rehmani prepares for the Randy Pierce Winter Classic at Pattonville High School Dec. 7, 2018. Rehmani competed in Program Oral Interpretation, an event in which students incorporate various selections of literature into a 10 minute performance. “This year, I explored some different events in speech and debate, and I’m so grateful for all of the various experiences I’ve gained,” Rehmani said. “But I have noticed there are definitely expectations for certain events or debate in regards to whether it’s for guys or for girls, which is sometimes limiting and frustrating.”

Sexism in speech and debate: competitive speakers’ fight for their voice

Tyler Kinzy, Deputy Managing EiC September 11, 2019

It is the conversation that speech and debate coach Cara Borgsmiller is forced to have several times each season. “I talk openly about it, especially the first time they get a ballot that says something...

Juniors Rithvik Karthikeyan and Connor Olliff arrange trophies in the debate classroom after school Sept. 24. Olliff hopes that by replacing trophies with random objects, the team can best honor alumni Haran Kumar.

Speech and debate team honors Haran Kumar through tournament

Kathryn McAuliffe, Convergent Media Writer October 2, 2018

Alumni Haran Kumar’s legacy will be integrated into the first speech and debate Eastern Missouri invitational tournament, hosted at Parkway West Oct. 12 and 13. “We want to live the things that...

With a trophy in hand, speech and debate coach Cara Borgsmiller congratulates senior Cheryl Ma. She alongside fellow senior Ryan O'Connor qualified for the 2018 National Speech & Debate Tournament in public forum debate after going undefeated at the Eastern Missouri district tournament. “It was really exciting. It was different than it is for most people because Ryan and I were undefeated the whole tournament, so they decided [we qualified] automatically even before the actual awards were announced since we were the only undefeated team,” Ma said. “We found out before the actual awards ceremony, so it relieved a lot of pressure because usually people are very anxious during awards.”

Four students prepare for upcoming National Speech & Debate Tournament

Tyler Kinzy, Staff Writer May 10, 2018

After posting a combined 13-1 record at the Eastern Missouri district tournament, junior Gokul Venkatachalam and senior Haran Kumar qualified for the 2018 National Speech & Debate Tournament in policy...

Senior Charlie Woodruff bends down on one knee to propose. All the members of the speech and debate team and family on both sides were at Marquette to see Woodruff propose to Senior Victor Folk. “It was an emotional spectacle to watch. People on the team were getting teary eyed, and we were all so happy for them, ” senior Haran Kumar said.

Seniors Charlie Woodruff and Victor Folk go from debate to life partners

Maddie Cooke and Hannah Hoffmann March 5, 2018

While seniors Charlie Woodruff and Victor Folk may have entered the Feb. 16 Marquette Invitational as debate partners, the pair left engaged. “I’ve known Charlie for about three years. We met at...

Freshmen Tyler Kinzy and Praveen Dharmavarapu work on their cases during free time in between rounds. Jefferson City High School hosted one of the last tournaments for debate teams around the state before districts. “I’ve done two tournaments so far and I’ve won first place at both of them, so it’s definitely been something surprising, especially to join this late in the season when everyone else has been [competing] for a while,” Kinzy said.

Freshman Tyler Kinzy goes undefeated in debate

Nayeon Ryu, Staff Writer February 23, 2018

During the final weekend of January, Jefferson City High School hosted their annual debate tournament for teams all around the state. “There was a bunch of different competition we normally don’t...

Preparing for a round with his debate partner Cheryl Ma, senior Ryan O’Connor studies information he has researched. Being partners for only one year, they placed first in districts and went to Nationals in the 2016-2017 school year. “Cheryl is the love of my life. She has made it bearable. Working with her has helped me re-find my passion,” O’Connor said.

Senior Ryan O’Connor reaches 1,000 debate points after three years

Katie Spillman, Staff Writer November 17, 2017

Over the course of three years, senior Ryan O'Connor has accomplished something that many debate students hope to achieve. He is the first student this year to be a Quad Ruby competitor, which means that...

“WUSTL has an amazing lab, and I’m so grateful that I was given the opportunity to use and research in it,” senior Nick Bateman said.

Nick Bateman’s research at WUSTL

Maddie Cooke, Staff Writer September 12, 2017

While other students are busy cramming their AP government packets and Gatsby reading over summer break, senior Nick Bateman was researching TAU proteins and Alzheimer's disease at the labs in Washington...

Practicing for her poetry event at the Jefferson City Invitational, held Jan. 28 through 29, junior Khushali Sarnot recites her piece to sophomores Kristina Humphrey and Nina Maitra.

Debate team prepares for Districts

Anjali Shah, Staff Writer February 14, 2017

With the post-season approaching, the Speech and Debate team has been preparing for the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) and Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) districts,...

Checking in judges, senior Jessie Calvert, junior Nadira Shabbir,  sophomore Kristina Humphrey and freshman Jon Ma prepare for the Parkway West Invitational debate tournament.

Debate team reflects on season

Claire Smout, Features Editor November 16, 2016
The debate team has competed in four competitions to date, the Greater St. Louis League pre-season/limited prep festival, the Parkway West Invitational, Oakville Congress, and the Liberty High School Invitational.
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