Forensics Speech & Debate Competed at Ridge Invitational

Michelle H. Daino
On Saturday, January 28, nine members of the Mount's Speech and Debate team competed at Ridge High School in the New Jersey Speech & Debate League. A record turnout of over 700 students from six states including New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Arkansas, gave our young ladies some great competition as well as an opportunity to learn different styles in presentation, gesturing, facial expression, vocal variation and piece selection.  
The pieces and arguments that our roster delivered at the Ridge Invitational:
  • Zoe Schack '24 - (Original Oratory) "Sticks and Stones" by Zoe Schack
  • Grace Glynn '23 - (Oral Interpretation) "Johnny Got His Gun" by Dalton Trumbo (Prose), Assorted Poems on Bullying (Poetry)
  • Sabrina Tse '26 - (Oral Interpretation) "Unreturned Letters" (Prose), assorted poems.
  • Maria Pasqua '26 - (Declamation) "Remarks Against Ted Yoho" by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
  • Taryn Murphy '23 and Victoria Fekete '24 (Public Forum Debate DUO)
  • Aayushi Arvikar '24 and Mikayla Sharif '24 (DUO Interpretation) "Airplane!" by Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker and David Zucker
  • Akshaya Karanam '24 - (Extemporaneous Speaking) Composes impromptu speeches on three topics of international or domestic government/social issues
  • Akshaya Karanam '24 - (Original Oratory) "Getting To The Root" by Akshaya Karanam
Ridge Invitational Tournament results:
  • Akshaya Karanam: Finalist in 3rd place overall (Extemporaneous Speaking)
  • Akshaya Karanam: Semi-Finalist in 14th place overall (Original Oratory)
  • Zoe Schack: Semi-Finalist in 11th place overall (Original Oratory)
  • Taryn Murphy and Victoria Fekete: Semi-Finalists in 7th place overall (Public Forum Debate)
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