Julia Thayer

Sophie Hathaway ’18 and Julia Thayer ’18, both members of the SBS Debate and Public Speaking Society, have qualified for the 12-member U.S. team in the world championship and will travel to Cape Town, South Africa for the tournament April 9-15. They will compete in Impromptu, After-Dinner, Interpretive Reading, and Parliamentary Debate.

The SBS students will be accompanied on the trip by Karen Pleasant, one of the head coaches of the SBS Debate and Public Speaking Society.

Pleasant said, “Debating at Worlds is a bit different then what we do in our school year competitions, so this past Friday night, the debate coaches from Deerfield and NMH and a student from each of their schools who are also on the U.S. team for Worlds, came to SBS to practice debating for an evening. Sophie and Julia have spent almost every day since coming back from Spring Break getting ready for Worlds. A huge thanks to Jacob Steward, co-head coach of debate and public speaking, for his time and support.”

Sophie Hathaway

This the second time Hathaway has qualified for the world competition. Last year, she traveled to Sydney, Australia for the tournament and earned 6th place in After Dinner Speaking and 12th place in Interpretive Reading. Read about her experience here. This year, she is joined by Thayer, who qualified for the world competition during the International Independent Schools’ Competition (IISPSC) held this past October in Winnipeg, Canada.

The girls join an elite group of world competitors from Stoneleigh-Burnham School dating back to 1988. See the full list of SBS world debate competitors here.