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Speech and Debate Team Named 2017-2018 Conference Champions

The Talking Rams competed in the third, and final, tournament of the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Conference Tournament Series on January 12th and 13th at Ritenour High School. At the conclusion of the tournament, the conference awards were also announced.

For the fourth year in a row, and the sixth time in seven years, the Talking Rams were named the Overall Conference Champions! The team also placed 1st in Debate Sweepstakes and 1st in Congressional Debate Sweepstakes, along with placing 3rd in Interpretation Sweepstakes.

Talking Rams Compete in 2nd Conference

The speech and debate team competed in their 2nd conference tournament of the year this past weekend. Congratulations to the following students:

United States Extemporaneous Speaking
Gabe DiAntonio (09) – 6th place

International Extemporaneous Speaking
Max Kornfeld (11) – 2nd place
Fayzan Ali (10) – 3rd place
Sam Hiken (11) – 6th place

Speech & Debate Competes in Round Robin Debates

The speech and debate team, the Talking Rams, competed in the Francis Howell North Events Round Robin and Troy Debate Round Robin this weekend. The team placed 3rd in events, 1st in debate, and 1st overall!

Tournament highlights…
– Swept 1st- 3rd in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
– Swept 1st place in all three types of varsity debate
– Placed 1st in five of the six types of debate
– 4 debate entries were undefeated in the tournament

Talking Rams Host First Conference of the Season

The speech and debate team competed in its first conference tournament of the season this weekend, which they also hosted! The team took on this tournament after the original host canceled a few weeks before the tournament, and Molly Beck, the team’s coach, said that she and the students were very thankful to be part of such a supportive school community in undertaking this event!

Congratulations to the following students on their accomplishments!

​Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Hale Masaki (11) – 1st place
** Hale was ranked 1st by every judge!

International Extemporaneous Speaking
Sam Hiken (11) – 3rd place
Gavin Giuliani (10) – 4th place
Fayzan Ali (10) – 5th place

Talking Rams Compete in Parkway Classic

The speech and debate team competed in the Parkway Classic hosted by Parkway West this past weekend. The team took 4th place overall!

Please congratulate the team members listed below on their individual accomplishments!

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Hale Masaki (11) – 3rd place

International Extemporaneous Speaking
Olivia Liu (11) – 4th place
Fayzan Ali (10) – Semifinalist

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!