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Speech and Debate team competes at Sparpie Season Opener

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Jiya Shetty (11), and Kerra Lindbloom (11), recieve medals during award ceremony at Spartan Season Opener Debate tournament.

The RBHS speech and debate team competed at the Sparpie Season Opener at Battle High School (BHS) on Oct. 13 and 14. 

Senior Andrew Romitti, RBHS Speech and Debate co-captain placed first in the varsity Radio Speaking and United States Extemporaneous Speaking events. Romitti said he was excited to get back into the season.

“This was the final first tournament of my high school career, so I wanted to make it a good first impression,” Romitti said. “During the beginning of the tournament, I felt anxious, but after round one I felt good about my performance, and I was ready to compete in the next two preliminary rounds.”

It was the first time BHS and Hickman High School hosted a tournament together, The head coach of all CPS debate teams, Dr. Danielle Johnson, helped to both host the event and coach RBHS during the tournament. RBHS Assistant Coach Marissa Moore said she liked the pirate-themed tournament, and that the event ran more smoothly than others.

“I’m so proud of all of the students,” Moore said. “Especially [of] our [event] chairs and captains, who did a great job teaching our new members what to do.”

Freshman Liv LaMonda competed for the first time at the Sparpie tournament and took home a first-place win in Novice Dramatic Interpretation. For weeks leading up to the tournament, she prepared her piece and memorized it before arriving on Saturday for speech events.

“Friday was a little stressful because it was the first tournament for me,” LaMonda said. “My final round of Dramatic Interpretation went really well, but we had a difficult time finding judges to complete the panel [of three], but it worked out in the end.”

I’m so proud of all of the students. Especially [of] our [event] chairs and captains, who did a great job teaching our new members what to do.

— Assistant Coach, Marissa Moore

With 32 advances to our rounds at this tournament, RBHS coaches and leadership are looking forward to competing at their next tournament in less than two weeks. The RBHS Speech and Debate team will reflect on the Sparpie tournament to prepare for upcoming tournaments.

“I’m excited to see how we all place at tournaments moving forward,” Romitti said. “The Sparpie tournament gave me insight into what the season will hold for our team. I’m proud of both myself and the team, especially for winning second in the sweepstakes.”


RBHS Speech and Debate final placements:

Combined Extemporaneous Speaking

David Durham – 6th

Alvi Ahnaf – 5th

Jacob McCullough – 4th


Duo Interpretation:

Liz Wheeler & Bec Scrivner – 5th

Victor Petruc & Nitish Jalisatgi – 3rd


International Extemporaneous Speaking:

Luqman Sheth – 6th

David Nguyen – 4th

Shahab Bariz – 2nd


Novice Dramatic Interpretation:

Laya Anand – 2nd

Liv LaMonda – 1st


Novice Informative Speaking:

Yedam Na – 4th

Vani Kumar – 2nd


Novice Lincoln-Douglas:

Laya Anand – Semifinalist


Original Oratory

Nate Brothers – 6th place

Jiya Shetty – 1st place



Jessly Lemuz-Guerra – 3rd


Program Oral Interpretation:

Ahlam Alamin – 1st


Radio Speaking:

Zijie Jiang – 5th

Shahab Bariz – 2nd

Andrew Romitti – 1st



Vivien Miller – 5th

Sophia Li – 2nd


United States Extemporaneous Speaking:

Truman Varns – 6th

Hashir Bariz – 5th

Carter Fairlamb – 2nd

Andrew Romitti – 1st


Varsity Informative Speaking:

Jiya Shetty – 3rd


Varsity Lincoln-Douglas:

Isabella Shah – Semifinalist

Luqman Sheth – Semifinalist

Jiya Shetty – 1st


Varsity Public Forum Debate:

David Nguyen & Hashir Bariz – Semifinalist

Victor Petruc & Michael Kouba – Semifinalist

Shahab Bariz & Kerra Lindbloom – 1st



Rock Bridge – 2nd


Are you competing in speech and debate this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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Zay Yontz, Features Editor
Junior Zay Yontz is the Features Editor for Bearing News and Southpaw. Outside of school, she participates in Speech and Debate. In her free time, she enjoys baking and spending time with her friends, listening to music and taking her hamster for walks.

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