Saint James
Saint James School
Montgomery, Alabama

State Championship Speech & Debate Titles

Directed by Coach Dr. Ian Turnipseed, the Saint James School Speech & Debate Team had a stellar showing at the State Speech & Debate Tournament. Among the many accolades the team received at the State tournament, STJ brought home five State Championship titles and Speaker of the Year.

From Novice Public Forum Debate to Speaker of the Year, the Saint James Speech & Debate Team performed at the highest levels at the State Speech & Debate Tournament in Auburn, February 15-17, and received individual state titles, debate partner titles, and well-deserved team recognition.

Saint James Senior Nathan Ashner was named State Champion in Original Oratory, State Champion in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, and was named Speaker of the Year. Ashner also placed 4th in Impromptu Speaking, 4th in Varsity Congress, and was a semifinalist with his partner, STJ Junior Will Moore, in Junior Varsity Public Forum Debate.

The State Champion title for Novice Public Forum Debate was awarded to STJ Sophomores Jack Branham and Alex Whisenhunt. Branham also received 4th place in Novice Congress, and 6th place in International Extemporaneous Speaking. Whisenhunt also received 5th place in Novice Congress.

Saint James Freshman Paige Hemmer was named State Champion of Dramatic Interpretation and received 4th place in Program Oral Interpretation.

From freshmen to seniors, Saint James team members took high honors across all divisions, placing their team 3rd in State Overall, 2nd place in Congressional Debate, 4th place in Individual Events, and 5th place in Debate. Will Moore received 3rd place in International Extemporaneous Speaking, 6th place in Impromptu Speaking, and was a semifinalist in Junior Varsity Public Forum Debate. STJ Sophomores Joey Etheredge and Trevor Otis received 2nd place in Junior Varsity Public Forum Debate. Otis also received 6th place in Varsity Congress and 3rd place in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking. Saint James Freshman Sarah Woessner received 4th place in Poetry and 2nd place in Prose. STJ Juniors Matthew Klinger and Griffin Allred received 4th place in Duo Interpretation and Allred also received 3rd place in Humorous Interpretation. Saint James Senior JB Ramsey received 5th place in Humorous Interpretation and 4th place in Original Oratory. STJ Freshman Sidnee Beavers received 2nd place in Novice Congress. And Saint James Junior Lauren Sullivan received 6th place in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking.

The District Speech & Debate Tournament will be held this spring to qualify students for the National Tournament held in June. And students who received bids based on their performance at select tournaments this season will be attending the Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky the end of April.

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