Speech and Debate Students Compete in National Tournaments
Akshay Amesur
Max Minard

Two members of the Shady Side Academy Senior School Speech and Debate team competed at two different national tournaments this summer.

Akshay Amesur, a rising junior, competed at the National Speech and Debate Association's (NSDA) National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on June 17-22. Amesur competed in the preliminary rounds of the Informative Speaking, Extemporaneous Debate and Impromptu events, advancing out of the preliminary rounds in Extemporaneous Debate and Impromptu. He finished in the top 80 out of more than 500 competitors in Impromptu. It marked the 10th year that a Shady Side student competed at NSDA Nationals, and SSA was recognized for that accomplishment during the final ceremonies.

Max Minard, also a rising junior, competed at the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand National Tournament in Washington, D.C., on May 26-27. Minard competed in the six preliminary rounds of the Humorous Interpretation event with a speech titled "Death by Public Speaking" but did not advance to the finals. Watch a video of Minard's speech.

Congratulations to both students and to Speech and Debate Coach Mary Krauland.

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