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Another Win! Two SBS Students Will Head to World Debate and Public Speaking Championship

Claire Lane '16, Clara Swartzenruber '16, Charlotte Minsky '16, and Karen Pleasant

Claire Lane ’16, Clara Swartzentruber ’16, Charlotte Minsky ’16, and Coach Karen Pleasant

At the International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition (IISPSC) in Toronto Oct. 23-26, Stoneleigh-Burnham School placed first among U.S. schools, and Claire Lane ’16 earned a spot at the world championships in March.

Lane was the top speaker in Dramatic Interpretation. With her win, Lane will join Clara Swartzentruber ’16 at the World Debating and Public Speaking Championship in March 2016. Swartzentruber qualified to be on the U.S. team for Worlds by taking first place at a competition here at SBS on Oct. 4.

This is the first time in SBS’s 150-year history that we have had two speakers earning seats on the U.S. team at Worlds.

This is also the second time Lane has made the U.S. team. Last year, she traveled to Hong Kong to compete in the world championships. Read about last year’s competition here.

SBS was represented at the IISPSC by Lane, Swartzentruber, and Charlotte Minsky ’16, who was a finalist in Dramatic Interpretation. The competition is held each year in Canada, and this year it was held at the York School in Toronto.

Dr. Paul Bassett, head coach of the SBS Debate and Public Speaking Society, said that while we have done well at this competition over the years, the last time SBS earned Top U.S. Team was in 1993 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

SBS joined 151 speakers from 51 schools around the world at the Toronto competition. Other U.S. schools that competed were Buckingham Browne & Nichols, Deerfield Academy, The Hotchkiss School, Kingswood-Oxford School, Roxbury Latin School, and The Winsor School.