Speech and Debate · Speech and Debate National Qualifiers


The Eastern Missouri District of the National Speech and Debate Association named  national tournament qualifiers on Friday, May 8th. The national tournament will take place online this year. Students qualified via a bid system for speech and debate events and competed in Congressional Debate in person in February.
Congratulations to our team members who placed in the district tournament and qualified to the national tournament!
TEAM AWARD
Congressional Debate Sweepstakes – 1st Place
NATIONAL TOURNAMENT COMPETITORS 
Ayush Ajmani (12) and Eli Goldstein (12) – Public Forum Debate
Gabe DiAntonio (11) and Grace Hu (11) – Policy Debate
Ari Gottesman (11) – International Extemporaneous Speaking
Catherine Liao (11) – Original Oratory
Sophia Liu (10) – Dramatic Interpretation
Anna Reis (11) – Lincoln-Douglas Debate
William Xie (11) – Congressional Debate
TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Policy Debate
Gabe DiAntonio and Grace Hu – 3rd place, national qualifiers
Public Forum Debate
Ayush Ajmani and Eli Goldstein – 1st place/District Champions, national qualifiers
Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Anna Reis – 1st place/District Champion, national qualifier
Congressional Debate
Senate: 
Ayush Ajmani – 1st place/District Champion; national qualifier; Permanent Presiding Officer
House 1: 
Anna Reis – 1st place/District Champion; national qualifier
William Xie – 3rd place; national qualifier; Permanent Presiding Officer
House 2:
Gabe DiAntonio – 3rd place
Melody Zhang (11) – Permanent Presiding Officer
House 3:
Grace Hu – 3rd place
Dramatic Interpretation
Sophia Liu – 1st place/District Champion; national qualifier
Informative Speaking
Athena Vinch (11) – 5th place
Original Oratory
Catherine Liao – 3rd place; national qualifier
United States Extemporaneous Speaking
Gabe DiAntonio – 1st place/District Champion; national qualifier
International Extemporaneous Speaking
Anna Reis – 2nd place; national qualifier
Ari Gottesman – 5th place; national qualifier
If you’re interested in watching the awards ceremony, you can click here. If you fast forward to about 30 minutes in, you’ll see the awards portion begin.