Jacqueline “Jax” Morgan

Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate and Public Speaking Society member Jacqueline “Jax” Morgan ’19 has earned a berth to the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship, which will be hosted by Branksome Hall in Toronto, Canada from April 11-17, 2019.

Morgan qualified for the world championship during the International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition (IISPSC) held in Toronto in October 2018, where she and two other SBS teammates competed along with about 150 students from 47 schools from around the world.

With her solid performance in all categories at the IISPSC, Morgan earned 3rd place out of all U.S. speakers — and her spot representing the United States at the world competition. The three-member SBS team also earned 4th place among the U.S. schools competing.

Morgan placed as a finalist at the IISPSC in two categories, Interpretive Reading and Impromptu Speaking. In fact, in preliminary rounds in Interpretive Reading, Morgan was overall in 11th place and 1st place among U.S. schools. And, in Impromptu Speaking, she was 5th overall and 1st among U.S. schools in preliminaries.

So powerful was Morgan’s Interpretive Reading performance that an IISPSC coach and judge reached out to SBS debate coach Karen Suchenski with a hearty, “Congratulations on a spellbinding presentation.” The judge continued, “What an amazing performer you have on your hands . . . Her reading simply blew me away. I have never seen/heard anything like it.”

Morgan joins an elite group of competitors from SBS, dating back from 1988, who have made it to “Worlds.” This is the fifth consecutive year that a student from SBS has earned a berth to the world competition. Please see the full list of world competitors here. Read more about the debate program and the SBS Debate and Public Speaking Society here.