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There’s No Debate! Laurel Rules at States!

When the Ohio High School Speech League (OHSSL) State Tournament concluded in Youngstown this past weekend, the Laurel Speech and Debate Team had its best overall finish ever in the state tournament.  Nineteen members of the team qualified for the State Tournament and eight girls made it to the quarterfinals and beyond with Senior Rachel Anderson named State Champion in US Extemporaneous Speaking.

At Laurel, we believe that young women who know their voices are heard and valued are capable of extraordinary feats!  Congratulations to all of the participants in the state competition:

Rachel Anderson ’13— US Extemporaneous (State Champion)
Lisa Peng ‘14—Lincoln Douglas Debate (Quarterfinalist, top 8 in the state)
Anamika Veeramani ’14 - International Extemporaneous (Quarterfinalist, top 8 in the state)
Berthy Feng ’15—International Extemporaneous (Semifinalist, top 12 in the state)
Caroline Veniero ‘13— US Extemporaneous (Semifinalist, top 12 in the state)
Shireen Bhatia ’14 - Congressional Debate (Semifinalist, top 24 in the state)
Jayne O'Dwyer ’15 - US Extemporaneous (Quarterfinalist, top 24 in the state)
Megan Zupon ‘13—Original Oratory (Quarterfinalist, top 24 in the state)
Jane Morris ’13 and Olivia Deitcher ’14 —Congressional Debate
Eleanor Werner ’14, Catherine Sherman ‘15, Caroline Hamilton ‘13, and Emily Ross ‘14—Public Forum Debate
Cayla DeStefano ‘13—Prose/Poetry
Claire Rundelli ‘13—Drama
Anna Faxon  ’13 - Oratorical Interpretation
Alternates: Fiona Barbagallo ’14 - Oratorical Interpretation and Emma Wolinsky ’16 - Prose/Poetry

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