Jacqueline “Jax”  Morgan ’19 had a phenomenal performance at the World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championship in Toronto, Canada, bringing home two trophies in the finals for earning 3rd overall in Interpretive Reading and 3rd overall in After Dinner Speaking.

Morgan, a member of the Debate and Public Speaking Society, represented SBS on the U.S. team at the world competition April 11-17, 2019.

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

Morgan joined 160 competitors from around the world, competing in three rounds a day over four days in four different events, including one round partnering with another competitor.

Debate coach and SBS faculty member Karen Suchenski, who accompanied Morgan at the world competition, reported that Morgan was graceful under pressure, showed stamina over the competition, and congratulated other competitors for their fine work, showing “grit, grace, humility, and teamwork.”

Morgan qualified for the world championship, which was hosted by Branksome Hall, during her performance at the International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition (IISPSC) in Toronto in October 2018, where she and two 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.

Interested in seeing Jax’s award-winning Interpretive Reading at the Grand Finals of the World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championship? They have published a YouTube video of the entire round. Jax’s stunning reading goes from to 26:01 to 35:20.