Students Place in State-Qualifying Forensic Tournament
Several Fox Chapel Area High School students recently placed in the Pennsylvania High School Speech League’s District 2 state championship-qualifying tournament. The team of junior Rajeev Godse and sophomore Jackson Romero won first place in Policy Debate; the team of senior Vaishavi Agrawal and junior Hanna Chen won second place in Duo Interpretation; the team of juniors J. Oliver Choo and Sina Shaikh won second place in Public Forum Debate; and the team of juniors Shando Naini, Boomba Nishikawa, and Aaron Santilli won second place in Parliamentary Debate. All nine of these students qualified to participate in the state tournament that will be held March 15 & 16, 2019, at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, junior Isabelle Doerr won third place in Prose Reading, and junior Jackson Boychuk won fourth place in Student Congress. Both Isabelle and Jackson will serve as alternates to the state championship.
The following eight students also placed at the tournament: freshmen Alaina Kaslewicz and Janise Kim won fourth place in Public Forum Debate; sophomore Suparna Agrawal won fourth place and junior Evan Gu won fifth place in Extemporaneous Speaking; senior Ziya Xu tied for sixth place in Prose Reading; junior Ameya Velankar won sixth place in Persuasive Speaking; freshman Siddharth Yende won sixth place in Lincoln Douglas Debate; and freshman Justine Bennett won seventh place in Informative Speaking.
Additionally, the team, as a whole, won the second place sweepstakes award overall.
Approximately 120 students representing 14 high schools from the northern Pittsburgh region competed in the District 2 state-qualifying tournament. The tournament was held February 23 at Pine-Richland High School.