Jax Morgan ’19 speaking at the Head of School Installation Ceremony at SBS on Oct. 13.

SBS Debate and Public Speaking Society member 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 joins an elite group of competitors from SBS, dating back from 1988, who have made it to “Worlds.” Please see the full list here.

Morgan qualified for the world championship during the International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition held in Toronto last weekend, where she and SBS teammates Beatrice Brynda ’20, and Joy Lundberg ’20 competed along with about 150 students from 47 schools from around the world.

Morgan placed as a finalist of the competition in two categories, Interpretive Reading and Impromptu speaking. Coming out of the preliminary rounds, Morgan was, in the category of Interpretive Reading, overall in 11th place and 1st place among U.S. schools. In Impromptu, Morgan was 5th overall, 1st in U.S. schools. In After Dinner speaking, Lundberg was 14th overall (4th among U.S. schools), Brynda was 15th overall (5th among U.S. schools), and Morgan was 17th overall (6th among U.S. schools).

So powerful was Morgan’s Interpretive Reading that a Toronto coach who had judged her in this category reached out to SBS co-coach Karen Suchenski with a hearty, “Congratulations on a spellbinding presentation.” The Canadian 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.”

With her solid performance in all categories, 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.

Read more about the debate program and the SBS Debate and Public Speaking Society here.

Congratulations, SBS team!