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Sophomore Caroline Hsu posing for a photo before her Dramatic Interpretation performance.
The Village High School Speech and Debate team attended their first state qualifying tournament virtually, Sept. 23-26. The Bearcat Invitational was a swing tournament hosted by Cypress Woods High School and Bridgeland High School, meaning two tournaments took place together on the same weekend.
Debate rounds were held through the virtual platform of Zoom. Speech preliminary rounds were judged asynchronously through videos, and finals were held live on Zoom on Saturday.
“It’s hard to convey emotions over a video call and it can be difficult to emulate the tournament setting,” said sophomore Caroline Hsu, the VHS Speech and Debate secretary. “It especially is sad that I can’t see my friends at tournaments and do our fun routines, but I really do believe we can make the best out of the setting!”
Aditi Iyer, pictured before the Program Oral Interpretation Final.
I am speech team captain and, this year, I became the first student to qualify for the Texas Forensics state tournament this year in Original Oratory.
Although COVID-19 put an international pause on productivity for many students, the Speech and Debate team has begun adjusting and learning to succeed in an activity they love virtually.
“Overall, this was the first real tournament of the year and it was enjoyable,” said Hsu. “Everyone did an amazing job, and I’m extremely proud of all of my teammates.”
Accolades Received by The Village High School Speech & Debate Team:
Aditi Iyer - Original Oratory Champion, 4th place Program Oral
Caroline Hsu - 5th place Original Oratory
Kahani Malhotra - 2nd place Informative Speaking
Rohan Bendapudi - 6th place Congressional Debate
Parth Gupta - 7th place Congressional Debate
Aditi Iyer - 2nd place Original Oratory, 6th place Program Oral Interpretation
Kahani Malhotra - 4th place Original Oratory
Caroline Hsu - 6th place Dramatic Interpretation
Alexander Ilacqua - 6th place Congressional Debate
Jay Natarajan - Semifinalist in Lincoln Douglas Debate
Regina Blenda - Octofinalist in Lincoln Douglas Debate