Sequoyah High School Speech and Debate Team
The Sequoyah HS Speech and Debate team finished its 2018 season competing at state. The team qualified 19 students for the Varsity Speech and Debate State Championship Tournament held March 2nd- 3rd at Lassiter High School in Marietta, GA. Sequoyah Debate students included: Caleb Crayton, Nyla Crayton, Andrew Doerr, Patrick McKenzie, Jack Forbes, Jack Scrivner, Natasha Ambriz, Valerie Ambriz, Bailey Eison, Alyssa Kirby, Max Frye, and Elijah Moore competing in Public Forum and Lincoln Douglass debates. Sequoyah Speech students included: Rebekah Carnes (Humorous Interpretation and Duo), Maddie Doerr (Impromptu and Duo), Katie Brown (Program of Oral Interpretation), Ben Lowry (Extemporaneous Speaking), Kaitlyn Pulse (Dramatic Interpretation), Alina Wargacki (Original Oratory), and Scott Benefield (Humorous Interpretation).
Public Forum Debate students Caleb Crayton and Nyla Crayton won 2nd place overall in the state for Public Forum. In addition, Nyla Crayton was recognized as 8th speaker and Caleb Crayton was recognized as 2nd speaker in the state. Speech participant Scott Benefield earned 6th place in Humorous Interpretation. Finally, Rebekah Carnes was the state champion earning 1st place in Humorous Interpretation.
More than 50 students participated on the team this year, competing in tournaments throughout the state and at the national level at Glenbrooks in Chicago, Emory in Atlanta, and Harvard in Boston. Mr. Matt Bartula and Mrs. Katie Maher, Sequoyah High School teachers, are the coaches for the team.
“The Speech and Debate team offers our students the unique opportunity to thoughtfully consider and debate issues that are shaping our country and our world,” Principal Elliott Berman said. “The speaking and debating skills they develop here not only benefit them as they look forward to college and job interviews, they prepare them to be well informed vocal leaders of our community and country in the future.”