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Talking Rams Compete in First Tournament of the Year

The LHWHS speech and debate team competed in the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Pre-Season Tournament on Sept. 30. This was the first tournament of the 2017-2018 season. Four novices competed in their first tournament!

Congratulations to the students who placed in their events!

VARSITY IMPROVISATIONAL DUET ACTING

  • Cassie Beisheim (10) and Sunny Lu (10) – 1st place, tournament champions. Cassie and Sunny were ranked first in every round of the tournament!
  • Ope Falako (12) and Claire Golden (11) – 5th place

VARSITY IMPROMPTU SPEAKING

  • Fayzan Ali (10) – 5th place
  • Anna Zhong (10) – 6th place

VARSITY EXTEMPORANEOUS DEBATE

  • Sam Hiken (11) – 3rd place

NOVICE IMPROMPTU SPEAKING

  • Gabe DiAntonio (9) – 1st place, tournament champion
  • Huamin Gao (9) – 5th place

NOVCE EXTEMPORANEOUS DEBATE

  • Jake Gerardi (12) – 1st place, tournament champion. Jake was undefeated in the tournament!
  • Derek Raymond (9) – 5th place

The team’s next tournament will be Oakville Autumn Congress on Oct. 14.

Talking Rams Rank in MSHSAA Speech and Debate State Tournament

The speech and debate team competed in the MSHSAA Speech and Debate State Tournament at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri this past weekend!

  • Levi Dyson (11) and Edward Wu (11) were ranked 9th after four preliminary rounds of Public Forum Debate.
  • Patrick Naughton (12) and Aramis Rickey (12) placed 3rd in Policy Debate.
  • Maya Mutic (12) placed 2nd in International Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Patrick Naughton (12) placed 2nd in United States Extemporaneous Speaking.

Speech and Debate Graduate Becomes National Champion in Forensics

Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumnus Jerome Gregory has been competing in the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament during the past week. This tournament was the end of his career in competitive speech at the collegiate level. Jerome entered the tournament in six events and advanced in ALL six! Jerome Gregory, class of 2013, is a senior at Bradley University.

  • After Dinner Speaking – Octafinalist
  • Extemporaneous Speaking – Quarterfinalist
  • Rhetorical Criticism – 5th place
  • Impromptu Speaking – 3rd place
  • Informative Speaking – 2nd place
  • Persuasive Speaking – NATIONAL CHAMPION
    (This is the same speech he won the AFA National Championship with 2 weeks ago!)
  • Individual Sweepstakes – NATIONAL CHAMPION

Jerome won 1st place in Persuasive Speaking! Check out this video, where Jerome was announced the national champion! In it, the tournament director speaks about Jerome’s work this year and his incredible forensics career.

His former Speech and Debate team coach at Ladue Schools, Molly Beck, was asked by his teammates to send him a letter of support to be given to him as a surprise while competing in his last tournament.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported Jerome throughout his time in Ladue, his two years on the speech and debate team at Ladue, and his four years on Bradley University’s speech team,” Molly said. “I cannot begin to put into words how grateful he is for every teacher who helped shape him into someone who loves to learn and who believed in him. He speaks frequently of his time at Ladue, and he is so appreciative of the support and encouragement all of you have sent him during his time at Bradley!”

Talking Rams Sweep the Eastern Missouri District Tournament

The speech and debate team competed in the Eastern Missouri District Tournament this past weekend. The team took 2nd place in Speech Sweepstakes, 1st place in Congressional Debate Sweepstakes, 1st place in Debate Sweepstakes, and 1st place in Overall Sweepstakes!

Aramis Rickey (12) was named the District Student of the Year! Aramis was nominated for his leadership, dedication to the team, his belief in ethical debate, and for holding our entire team to a higher standard. Aramis will now go on to represent Eastern Missouri in the National Student of the Year competition.

Ladue qualified 11 students to the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament! We’ll be traveling to Birmingham in June for a week of speech and debate competition!

Congratulations to the students listed below on their individual accomplishments!

National Qualifiers:
Noah DiAntonio (12) and Maya Mutic (12), Policy Debate – 2nd place
Patrick Naughton (12) and Aramis Rickey (12), Policy Debate – 3rd place

Congressional Debate – Senate
Edward Wu (11) – 3rd place, National Qualifier

Congressional Debate – House 2
Levi Dyson (11) – 2nd place, National Qualifier

Speech & Debate Racks Up Wins at MSHSAA District Tournament

The speech & debate team competed at the MSHSAA District Tournament this past weekend!

The team finished with:
– 3 district champions
– 4 entries/5 students qualify to the state tournament
– 4 debate entries advance to elimination rounds
– Finalists in all events except two

Congratulations to the students listed below on their accomplishments!

Talking Rams Take First Place at Round Robin Debates

The speech and debate novices competed in the Oakville Novice Events Round Robin and Eastern Missouri Novice Debate Round Robin last weekend. They took 1st place in debate sweepstakes and 1st place overall! Congratulations to the following students:

EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING
Nevan Giuliani (10) – 2nd place

ORIGINAL ORATORY
Cindy Wang (9) – 2nd place

Talking Rams Take First Place in Randy Pierce Winter Classic Sweepstakes

The speech and debate team competed at the Randy Pierce Winter Classic hosted by Pattonville this past weekend—the last tournament of the semester! The team took 1st place in Sweepstakes!

Congratulations to the following students for their achievements:

DOMESTIC EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Patrick Naughton (12) – 2nd place
Pranay Peddinti (12) – 6th place
Hale Masaki (10) – Semifinalist

INTERNATIONAL EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Maya Mutic (12) – 1st place
Noah DiAntonio (12) – 4th place
Max Kornfeld (10) – Semifinalist
Aramis Rickey (12) – Semifinalist

Talking Rams Take Home the Wins at George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Speech Invitational

Nine members of the Talking Rams, the high school speech and debate team traveled to Bradley University to compete in the George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Speech Invitational! This tournament is our toughest of the semester and is only offered to varsity members. This year was the group’s best performance at the tournament in the past six years!

Talking Rams Come in No. 2 at Greater St. Louis Speech Association’s Conference Tournament

The speech and debate team came in second in the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Conference Tournament this past weekend!

Congratulations to the following:

DOMESTIC EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Patrick Naughton (12), 3rd
Pranay Peddinti (12), 5th
Hale Masaki (10), 6th

FOREIGN EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Maya Mutic (12), 1st
Aramis Rickey (12), 2nd
Max Kornfeld (10), 4th

Talking Rams Make Prestigious 200 Club

Congratulations to last year’s Talking Rams, the high school’s speech and debate team, and its sponsor and coach Molly Beck for their recent recognition by the National Speech & Debate Association for their outstanding achievements last year!

In the 2015-2016 school year, the group earned a total of 200 or more degrees, ranking it among the top 8% of schools nationwide and earning membership in the association’s prestigious 200 club.

“This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills—including communication, research, listening, writing and organization,” J. Scutt Wunn, executive director of the association said. “I encourage you to build upon this momentum to ensure that even more students are empowered to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals and honorable leaders in our global society.”

In speech and debate, students earn points and degrees based on competitive and service-related activities, ranging from the Degree of Merit with 25 or more points to the Degree of Premier Distinction with 1,500 or more points.