Speech & Debate National Qualifiers
The Saint James School Speech & Debate team competed at the Deep South District Tournament in early March 2019 at Mountain Brook High School. The District tournament is a very important competition as the top two finalists in each event qualify for the National tournament in the summer. This year, Saint James students earned four qualifying spots to the National tournament to be held this June in Dallas, Texas.
Four Saint James students broke to finals in their events at the District tournament. Senior Will Moore double qualified for Nationals in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking and Informative Speaking when he placed second in both events. Students attend Nationals under one event so Will has chosen to compete on the national stage with his Info piece, Pleistocene Park. Junior Trevor Otis qualified for Nationals placing second in International Extemporaneous Speaking. Junior Gabe Robbins qualified for Nationals placing second in Humorous Interpretation with his piece that is a parody of Greek Mythology. And Junior Joey Etheredge finaled and placed sixth in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking at the District competition.
“I am so proud of these young men for working so hard all year – how inspiring to see them rewarded with a spot at Nationals,” said Mr. Lonny Harrison, Director of Forensics at Saint James School. “Over the past few decades, Saint James has earned a rich legacy competing at the highest levels in Speech – locally, regionally, and nationally,” he continued. “That legacy evolved from hours and hours of independent research, preparation, and practice by each competitor. Coaches assist in editing original works, refining delivery, and creating memorable stage presence; but most of all, Speech coaches are given the rare opportunity to collaborate with motivated students and teach them knowledge and skills they will use for a lifetime.”