Speech and Debate Team

Speech and debate students move on to nationals

Ten RE speech and debate students qualified for the Catholic Forensic League Grand Nationals, which will take place over Memorial Day weekend. At the South Florida Catholic Forensic League Grand Finals March 13, Jessica Weinstein '22 led RE finishers with a first place in dramatic interpretation as Varun Raju '24 and Thomas Crowley '24 placed second in public forum.

Meanwhile, RE also excelled at the Florida Forensic League Novice State Championship Tournament, a virtual event that took place from April 10-11. Ten Raiders posted top finishes after working closely with varsity team members and coach Kate Hamm to prepare for what is a cherished event on the season's calendar.


South Florida Catholic League Grand Finals
Original Oratory: Elisa Sotero '24, fifth
Extemporaneous Speaking: Andres Defortuna '22 and Jon Tandy '21, qualified. 
Public Forum: Varun Raju '24 and Thomas Crowley '24, second; Dylan Miner '23 and Mae Signorello '23, third; Mark Mateo '22 and Lucas Carvalho '23, fourth
Dramatic Interpretation: Jessica Weinstein '22 first; Ali Murray '23 fourth.

Florida Forensic League Novice State Championship Tournament
Dramatic Interpretation of Literature:
Ricky Andrade '21, third; Ali Murray '23, fifth 
Original Oratory: Siona Dua '24, fifth
Informative Speaking: Carolina Hommen '24, third
Extemporaneous Speaking: Francesca Lopez '24, second; Sofi Rua '24, fourth
Humorous Interpretation of Literature: Francesca Lopez '24, fourth
Public Forum Debate: Jake Perdigon '24 and Emma Dvorkin '24, second
Second Speaker Award in Public Forum Debate: Thomas Crowley '24
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 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.