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Speech and debate on to states and nationals

Ransom Everglades' speech and debate team qualified eight students to the National Speech and Debate Association national championship this spring and nearly four dozen students to the Florida Forensic League Varsity State Championship that will be held in Orlando in March. The strong results continued a superb season under RE coach Kate Hamm.
In the South Florida District Tournament on February 25-26, Liv Steinhardt '23, David Dubovy '22 and Dashiell DeStefano '22 qualified for nationals in Congressional Debate; Steinhardt finished first in the House and Dubovy earned second place. DeStefano finished first in the Senate.

Lauren Page '24 also advanced to the national championships with her first-place in International Extemporaneous. Alexandra Henriquez '22 earned first place in Program of Oral Interpretation and Francesca Lopez '24 was second; both will compete at nationals.

In Public Forum debate, Noah Gold '22 and Zach Marcus '22 were undefeated and won first place, advancing to the national championship. Ceci Granda-Scott '22 and Nicole Rodriguez '22 were named first alternates in Public Forum. Claudia Colina '25 was the first alternate in Program of Oral Interpretation, and Lopez was first alternate in International Extemporaneous.

The national championship event takes place in Louisville, Ky., in June.

RESD students advanced to the state tournament with their performance at the 2022 Florida Forensic League Art Deco Regional Tournament in North Miami on February 5. States take place beginning March 4.

Varsity States Qualifiers

Congressional Debate
David Dubovy '22
Liv Steinhardt '23
Rebecca Ferrer '24
Public Forum
Amelia Fox ’22 and Andre Joseph ’22
Cecilia Granda-Scott ’22 and Nicole Rodriguez ’22
Noah Gold ‘22 and Zach Marcus ‘22
Danny Mendelson ‘25 and Todd Malone ‘25
Second Alternate: Daniel Luca '23 and Mark Tabet '22
After Dinner Speaking
Eva Bricker ’23
Kyle Ng ’23

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Lauren Page ’24
Sol Cuello Robert ’22
Joaquin Merlo-Garzon ’24
Francesca Lopez ’24

Dramatic Interpretation of Literature
Leila Zaydon ’23
Jessica Weinstein ’22
Sophia Juhasz ’23
Antonia Pinnar ’25
Marley Carrillo ’25
Kenzie Kaplan ’25

Duo Interpretation of Literature
Eva Bricker '23 and Livia Hermann '22
Zoe Punjwani '22 and Rebecca Gotterer '22
Alexandra Henriquez '22 and Noa Abboud '24

Humorous Interpretation of Literature
Jilly Demos-Brown '25
Kayra Serpenguzel '25

Impromptu Speaking
Elisa Sotero ’24
Sol Cuello Robert ’22

Informative Speaking
Carmen Sanchez Tembleque Wood '23
Trent Mopsick '23

International Extemporaneous Speaking
Javi Kumar '22

Original Oratory
Elisa Sotero '24
Loriz Arencibia '23
Cianna Vengoechea Schiff '25
Andrew Gedde '25
Livia Hermann '22

Program of Oral Interpretation
Alexandra Henriquez '22

World Schools Debate
Dina Kaplan '22, Anya Dua '22, Mather Davidson '22, Varun Raju '24, Luca Campiani '22
Mason Signorello '23, Leticia Crosby '23, Logan Feldman '24, Dylan Miner '23, Mikey Zoi '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.