Ransom Everglades speech and debate teams won three sweepstakes at the National Speech and Debate Association National Qualifying Tournament on February 27. RE students won the Congress Sweepstakes, Debate Sweepstakes and Individual Events Speech Sweepstakes at the virtual competition. The top two teams in each event qualified for NSDA national championships this summer. Faculty member Kate Hamm led the Raiders at the event.
In Domestic Extemporaneous, Joan Joseph ’21 placed first, Francesa Lopez ’24 claimed third and Anya Dua ’22, fourth.
In Public Forum, Noah Gold ’22 and Zach Marcus ’22 earned first place. Nicole Rodriguez ’22 and Cecilia Granda Scott ’22 scored second. Andre Joseph ’22 and Amelia Fox ’22 scored third. Veronica Kerr ’23 and Marco Zhao ’23 claimed fourth.
In Congressional Debate, Noah Zaldivar ’22 finished fourth.
In International Extemporaneous, Clara Villalba ’22 placed first. Alex Dray ’21 earned third and qualified for nationals.
In Original Oratory, Sophie G ’22 scored fourth place.
In Informative Speaking, Kati Ortega ’22 finished first. Loriz Arencibia ’23 scored second. Jon Tandy ’21 finished third. Elisa Sotero ’24, fourth.
In Program Oral Interpretation, Lauren Howard ’23 finished first.
In Dramatic Interpretation, Alexandra Henriquez ’22 earned first place.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.