The LHWHS Talking Rams competed in the Eastern Missouri District Tournament, held at Clayton High School and Pattonville High School this past weekend. The tournament serves as a qualifying tournament for the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament and was hosted by the Eastern Missouri District Committee.
Ladue qualified EIGHT students to the national tournament! These students will compete in the national tournament in Dallas, Texas from June 15th-22nd. Additionally, the team took 1st place in Congressional Debate Sweepstakes and 1st place in Debate Sweepstakes!
Sam Hiken (12) and Hale Masaki (12) – Policy Debate
Sam and Hale were district champions and were undefeated in the tournament!
Gabe DiAntonio (10) and Kaitlyn Thornton (10) – Policy Debate (3rd place)
Anna Reis (10) – Lincoln-Douglas Debate (2nd place)
Max Kornfeld (12) – International Extemporaneous Speaking (2nd place)
Ari Gottesman (10) – Congressional Debate (3rd place)
Ayush Ajmani (11) – Congressional Debate
In addition to our national qualifiers, we had many students advance to late rounds in the tournament. Finalists are included below.
Ari Gottesman (10) and William Xie (10) – 5th place in Policy Debate
Jackson Bry (11) – 5th place in Program Oral Interpretation
Max Kornfeld (12) – 4th place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, District Champion in Congressional Debate – House 1
Hale Masaki (12) – 5th place in United States Extemporaneous Speaking, Permanent Presiding Officer of House 3 in Congressional Debate
Two Ladue alumni were also recognized during the districts award ceremony.
Benjamin Collinger (class of 2015) was named the recipient of the 2019 Eastern Missouri Communicator of the Year Award for his work in starting The Contemporary, a foreign policy journal.
Jasmine Huda (class of 2001) was named the recipient of the 2019 Eastern Missouri Alumni Achievement Award for her work in journalism and communication.