Congratulations to the Middle School Debate Team who took 1st place at the Polytechnic Invitational this past Saturday. As one of the largest middle school debate tournaments in the country, the competition featured over 100 teams and more than 300 debaters. Eighth graders Charlotte Powers, Kristina Marter, and Christine Gotthardt won the championship with Chaminade taking top school overall. The team of Lexie Afradi, Spencer Levitt, and Jack Cheney also finished undefeated, placing 7th, and Chaminade won five of the Top Speaker awards. For the fifth year in a row, the team has qualified for the National Championship and will compete at Claremont-McKenna College on April 20.
Ask Chaminade Speech & Debate Society (CSDS) member Rhea Sareen what she loves most about being part of the debate team and her answer will reflect the Chaminade ideal of “Me becomes We.” Why? Because Rhea (Class of 2013) has taken her public speaking career to a new level. Rather than merely competing at tournaments, Rhea shares her passion for public speaking by serving her community. For several years, Rhea has been speaking at civic organizations and at her temple, a fact that is not lost on the National Forensic League.
“The National Forensic League is the nation’s largest and oldest academic honor society. It was founded in the 1920s and provides recognition and resources to tens of thousands American students involved with competitive speech and debate,” says Chaminade Director of Forensics Marianne Rosen. “The NFL awards honors to students not only for competing, but for serving the community. Rhea is a shining example of Chaminade’s commitment to service, and the NFL recognizes this.”
Rhea learned this month that she ranks 4th in the nation in the category of “Community Service and Public Speaking.” It is quite an achievement, when considering that there are over 120,000 student members of the NFL.
Rhea will be honored in May when CSDS hosts its 7th Annual Awards Night at the high school.