March 14, 2019
Seven qualify for national speech tournament
The Upper St. Clair High School Speech & Debate Team placed second overall with first and second place finishes in speech and debate, respectively, at the Pittsburgh District Tournament held Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Marshall Middle School in the North Allegheny School District.
At the tournament, which is a qualifying event for the National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament, seven USC students qualified to compete at nationals – the second most in team history. The national tournament is set for June 16-21, 2019, in Dallas, Texas.
Additional students may qualify for the national tournament when the Student Congress and World Schools Debate events are held on March 23, 2019, at Knoch High School.
The Pittsburgh District Tournament is comprised of 20 schools from western Pennsylvania – spanning Washington to Erie. Only two students from each event qualify to advance to the national competition.
Claire Chen, Second Place, Qualifier
Anusha Neupane, Third Alternate
Public Forum Debate
Meghan Joon & Mallika Matharu, First Alternate
Yash Jajoo & Devan Ekbote, Second Alternate
Basir Khan & Dev Patel, Third Alternate
Hashim Durrani, Pittsburgh District Champion, Qualifier
Mayka Chaves, First Alternate
Felipe Mola Curi & Shivani Jajoo, Second Alternate
Maddie Nolen, Pittsburgh District Champion, Qualifier
Samuel Levy, Sixth Place
Brooke Christiansen, Sixth Place
Rhea Punjabi, Sixth Place
Rushikesh Kulkarni, Pittsburgh District Champion, Qualifier
Antara Cleetus, Third Alternate
Chand Vadalia, Pittsburgh District Champion, Qualifier
Dev K. Patel, Sixth Place
Program Oral Interpretation
Charlize Goff, Pittsburgh District Champion, Qualifier
Loren White, First Alternate
World Schools Debate
Yash Jajoo, Auto-Qualification