Our Advanced Debate and Public Speaking Society Team performed very well in the recent Winter Debate Tournament. 143 students from all over New England competed, and of our Advanced Team (consisting of Mia ’20, Sophia ’20, Ira’ 20 and Joy’ 20), Mia earned 3rd in Interpretive Reading and Joy won 1st place in Impromptu and 2nd overall at the tournament with her combined scores.
This earned Joy another invitation to the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship (WIDPSC) in China this year.
This comes after the team, represented by Beatrice ’20, Ira ’20, and Joy ’20, attended the International Independent School Public Speaking Competition from October 31-November 3. The world-qualifying competition was held in Boston this year, and attended by 44 schools from eight countries including Peru, South Africa, India, and South Korea.
Of the 150 competitors, Beatrice and Joy were called into a final round of Top 10 highest scoring in Interpretive Reading and Joy was called to finals in After Dinner Speaking. At the awards banquet held on Sunday evening, Joy received the top speaker award of the tournament in After Dinner Speaking and was additionally invited to the 32nd World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship (WIDPSC) in Shanghai, China this April.
Coach Karen Suchenski reported that throughout the tournament, international judges commented on how well our SBS students competed. As one top Canadian judge told Karen, “For such a small school, SBS brings big voices.”
We continue to be proud of the work of the girls in our Debate and Public Speaking Society and look forward to hearing their big voices in the future.