Dominican Students Receive Several Speech and Debate Awards

St. Mary’s Dominican High School students received several awards at the following Speech and Debate events.

From left: Inchara Anand, Isabella Paul, and Shania Raimer.

Junior Inchara Anand and senior Isabella Paul took 1st Place in Duo Interpretation at the virtual Trinity High School Shamrock Invitational in Kentucky. The students performed a shortened version of the play, Perfect, by Alan Haehnel.

Competing at the virtual Star Valley Invitational in Wyoming, junior Shania Raimer was awarded 2nd Place overall in Original Oratory Topic – Tribalism. She discussed the damaging effect that political tribalism has on our country and some ideas to correct the issue.

From left: Imad Siddiqui, Grace Mandella, Sahithi Koneru, Diana Nguyen, Shania Raimer, and Selae Walker. Not Pictured: Aya Elmadah and Rachel Tatford.

At the Benjamin Franklin Speech and Debate Tournament, held virtually, the following students received awards:
Shania Raimer, 1st Place, Impromptu Speaking and 1st Place, Original Oratory – Tribalism;
Aya Elmadah, 2nd Place, Original Oratory – Toxic (how modern beauty standards have become more dangerous than ever);
Rachael Tatford, 3rd Place, Original Oratory – Destroying Ecosystems and Winning Trophies (how big game hunting hurts ecosystems);
Selae Walker, 3rd Place, Congress;
Sahithi Koneru and Imad Siddiqui, 1st Place, Public Forum;
Diana Nguyen and Grace Mandella, 3rd Place, Public Forum.

Adam Naquin and Bradley Guillory are moderators of Dominican’s Speech and Debate Club. Coaches are Kristina Plunkett and Andrew Cerise.