The school year is coming to a close, yet the Oak Hall Speech & Debate Team continues to meet new challenges and exceed expectations! Florida high schools hold a speech and debate state championship solely for first year competitors called the Novice State Tournament. The event is the largest statewide event of the year and is sponsored by the Florida Forensics League (FFL). The tournament took place at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, FL on April 21-23. Oak Hall’s results were the best ever for our school!
The State Champion Runner ups in Policy Debate are the team of Emily Liu '19 and Jackson Gaines '19. Angela Xie '19 received 6th place in the state, as an Oral Interpretation of Literature Final Round competitor, and Esha Patel '20 was a Quarterfinalist in Extemporaneous Speaking tying for 13th place. Also, attending the FFL first year championship tournament was Rohan Parimoo '19, Angela Sanchez '20 and Ian Burns '20.
Next up for the OHS Speech & Debate team is The Oak Hall Scramble (Saturday, May 6, at Oak Hall), a workshop/scrimmage for our middle school and youngest competitors, and the year ending National Championship Finals in Louisville, Kentucky (May 27-28) and Birmingham, Alabama (June 18-23). Representing Oak Hall at these two prestigious events are: Emily Liu
, Jackson Gaines
, Angela Xie
, and Kumail Zaidi '20
. For more information on the Speech & Debate Team or these specific events, contact Mr. Marna Weston
, Oak Hall Director of Forensics.