[BRIEF] Debating to the Top

Speech and Debate team progresses to the Florida Forensic League State tournament

Ruth Weisberg, Website Staffer

On Feb. 5, 25 competitors from the Speech and Debate Team competed at the Florida Forensic League (FFL) State Qualifiers at American Heritage High School. 

“I’m really excited,” communications sophomore Emily Singer said. “Especially since events are back in person, I’m so happy to be experiencing the tournament aspect of speech and debate.”

19 students are moving on to compete at the FFL State tournament at Apopka High School on March 5 and 6. The students that qualified for states will be competing against the other students that qualified in their respective regions across Florida. 

Listed below are the students that will be representing the school in the upcoming state tournament:


World Schools Debate:

Christian Chantayan, Arik Karim, Josiah Manners, Jasmine Mullings, Sheevam Patel


Dramatic Performance:

Angelia Capalbo, Shailee Patel, Emily Singer


Humorous Interpretation:

Riley Flynn


Informative Speaking:

Alex Pham, Annabella Saccaro, Kate Wagner


Original Oratory:

Mariana Colom


Program Oral Interpretation:

Sofia Hennessey-Correa, Sophia Roberts


Public Forum Debate:

Duaa Ali, Jenna Lee