Charger Speech and Debate Competes at ASU


Rishabh Saran and Sarah Park

Less than a week after second semester began, Clark’s Speech and Debate team traveled to Tempe, Arizona for their first out-of-state tournament of the year. The three-day competition at Arizona State University brought hundreds of talented students from across the nation together with practiced speeches and new debate topics. Under the leadership of their coach, Mrs. Sarver, many of Clark’s finest Speech and Debate members earned accolades for their outstanding performance.

Here are the chargers that earned awards:

  • Alejandro Sigui for becoming a quarterfinalist in Varsity Dramatic Interpretation and Varsity Program Oral Interpretation
  • Caroline Bilbray-Kohn and Colleen Keene for becoming quarterfinalist in Varsity Duo Interpretation
  • Isha Shah for becoming a double octofinalist in Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate
  • Opal Vetrichelvan and Caroline Bilbray-Kohn for becoming triple octofinalists in Varsity Public Forum Debate
  • Rishi Saran and Sophia Adams for becoming double octofinalists in Varsity Public Forum Debate

While Clark was one of the smallest teams at the tournament, their success brought attention to their status as top-of-the-line competitors. 

“With Clark’s lack of debate resources, it means a lot to perform well at the national circuit. The changes in the style of the Speech and Debate class alongside support from Ms. Sarver have allowed the team to grow so much this year,” explains Sophia Adams, a varsity debater and Extemporaneous Speaking Captain in Speech and Debate.

These accomplishments are a product of the team’s extensive preparation and practice. However, they still have plenty of performing and debating left to do; this tournament is just the start of their 2020 competitions. National-qualifying tournaments are fast approaching, and the team is just turning up the heat. 

Make sure to congratulate Clark’s Speech and Debate team and keep posted with the Charger Chant for more Speech and Debate updates.