Speech and Debate Team

RESD among the top 20 programs in the nation

Ransom Everglades' speech and debate team was named one of the top 20 programs in the nation at the 2022 National Speech & Debate Tournament in Louisville, Ky., June 12-17 as five just-graduated students earned top-10 finishes in their events: Noah Gold '22 and Zach Marcus '22 finished eighth in Public Forum; Ceci Granda-Scott '22 and Nicole Rodriguez '22 claimed 10th in Public Forum; and Andre Joseph '22 earned 10th speaker of the tournament honors in World Schools Debate.
Besides receiving the Debate School of Excellence award given to the top 20 programs in the United States, Ransom Everglades achieved other impressive results under coach Kate Hamm at the national championship that attracted 6,000 qualifiers in 24 events.
Luca Campiani '22, Amelia Fox '22, Ian Fox '24, Joseph and Varun Raju '24 finished in the top 32 among 170 teams in World Schools Debate, which included more than 680 students. More than 250 teams competed in Public Forum. Alexandra Henriquez '22 placed in the top 32 in Program of Oral Interpretation and top 32 in Prose Interpretation. She received a trophy for having qualified for the national championships all four years of high school. 
"It was a great week overall and the younger students who competed had an incredible opportunity to see what 'awesome' looks like," Hamm said. "They are already getting excited for next year!"
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.