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Speech & Debate Member Qualifies for Nationals, Team is headed to State

The StM Speech and Debate Team traveled to Shreveport, Louisiana to compete in the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Qualifier from March 14-17.

Junior Brandon Stokes is a finalist in United States Extemporaneous Speaking. He placed sixth in that event. Junior Andrew Gary placed ninth in International Extemporaneous Speaking. Sophomores Renee Angerer and Camila Figueroa competed in Public Forum Debate, and their performances improved from last year. Camila Figueroa also competed in Original Oratory. Andrew Gary also competed in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

This was the first year that an StM team member made the finals since the reinstatement of the program at St. Martin’s three years ago. Overall, the results were an improvement from last year and the team has shown tremendous growth.

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