May 30, 2018
Junior places ninth at national forensics tournament
Upper St. Clair High School junior Paarth Shankar placed ninth at the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament held May 26-27, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Paarth, a national semifinalist, competed in the Extemporaneous Speaking event.
In total, 17 Upper St. Clair students were among the thousands of competitors from throughout the nation. The NCFL sponsors the annual Grand National Tournament on Memorial Day weekend, offering six forensics events and four debate events.
In addition to Paarth, three other Upper St. Clair High School students finished among the top 50 in their respective events. The team of seniors Wyatt Keating and Shebl Rosati placed 37th in Duo Interpretation of Literature and sophomore Shanthi Krishnaswamy placed 44th in Original Oratory.
Also competing at the tournament were seniors Abby Riemer, Amanda Ross, Jacob Lantzman, Steven Cheung, Daniel Speer and Ethan Bowman; juniors Charlize Goff, Anber Bhuiyan and Aya Dakroub; sophomores Yash Jajoo and Devan Ekbote; and freshmen Bryce Keating and Joe Phillips.
Next up for the team is the National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament, which is set for June 17-22, 2018, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.