The Ridge High School Forensics Team, an interscholastic speech and debate team, was named a 2017 Debate School of Excellence at the National Speech & Debate Tournament held June 18 to 23 in Birmingham, Ala. The award is presented each year to the top 20 schools in total debate points at the national championship.
This year, the team, led by coach David Yastremski, competed in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate, the Public Forum Debate, the Congressional Debate and the Extemporaneous Debate. Shankar Krishnan captured third place in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Jennifer Huang took third place in the Extemporaneous Debate.
The team also received the Karl E. Mundt Cup for the Congressional Debate, given for a school’s cumulative success and participation at the national championship. Ridge last received the award in 2010.
“It is quite an accomplishment to qualify to the National Speech and Debate Tournament, ” said J. Scott Wunn, executive director of the National Speech & Debate Association. “These students are extraordinarily talented and we look forward to the great things they will do with their talents in the future.”
The National Speech & Debate Association provides competitive speech and debate activities for more than 150,000 middle-, high school and college students and coaches.