SBS Attends International Independent School Public Speaking Competition

Stoneleigh-Burnham School’s Debate and Public Speaking Society, 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. 

The conversations and topics that were shared among the students were great, and our students encountered the range of perspectives and strengths of other student speakers at the tournament. Upon arrival, our three SBS seniors launched into two rounds each in of the three distinct competitive categories, with rounds ending at 10 p.m on Thursday and Friday evening and continuing all day Saturday. 

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 in April 2020!

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.