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Talking the talk: Speech & Debate wins Northwood OCSL

Northwood’s Speech and Debate team placed first overall at the Northwood Orange County Speech League (OCSL), a speech and debate tournament held at the Northwood campus last Saturday.

“All of our hard work with the class and club finally paid off tonight,” said senior Reba Chawla, Speech and Debate Club president, after accepting Northwood’s first place award on behalf of the team.

Over 300 students from 20 different schools competed in 16 events, including both speech events and debate events.

In its five-year history, Northwood’s Speech and Debate had never won an OCSL tournament until last Saturday, when individual Northwood students were awarded six first place trophies, one second place trophy, two third place trophies and 11 honorable mention ribbons:

Seniors Steve Shi and Jeremy Wang placed first in Parliamentary debate.

Freshman Stefanie Sauri placed first in Original Prose and Poetry.

Sophomore Sanjana Krishnan placed first in Original Advocacy.

Freshman Amanda Miskell placed third in the Lincoln-Douglas debate and senior Claudia Wang placed second in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Freshman Kevin Wu earned third place in Oratorical Interpretation and first place in Humorous Interpretation. Chawla earned first place in Oratorical Interpretation as well as first place in Duo Interpretation with her partner, senior Shireen Kulkarni.

“It was an awesome feeling to take home a trophy and earn points for our school. Our team’s success at this tournament was a testament to just how hard we’ve been working in the last few weeks,” said Speech and Debate club secretary Shi.

The students aren’t the only ones excited about their recent victory. Mr. Brock, the Speech and Debate class teacher and club advisor, was “at a loss for words” after the conclusion of the awards ceremony.

“Five years ago, when we started Speech and Debate at Northwood, I saw the potential that our students had,” said Brock. “Tonight, we finally realized that potential.”

Northwood will be looking for another OCSL win in mid December at Sonora High School’s tournament.

“We’re really proud of our win,” said Chawla. “We can’t wait to take Sonora by storm!”

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