middleschoolteamSpeaking, storytelling and bringing to life poetry and prose paid off for the Middle School’s Speech team, as it was recognized as one of the top five Teams of Excellence at the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah. The students used their skills in public address, limited preparation and interpretation to succeed in a variety of events over the course of the tournament.

Six students placed as finalists during the tournament, meaning they were among the top six in the nation in their events, while several others earned recognition in the semi- and quarter-finals during the competition.

Honors for the Milton team did not end there, however. Coach Debbie Simon was also named Middle School Coach of the Year by the National Speech and Debate Association. “The parent body is extremely appreciative of Debbie’s tireless efforts and unflagging support of this program,” says parent George Alex. “Debbie’s ‘speechies’ learn so many life lessons and develop critical skills that will serve them well throughout life.”

Students placing in the National Speech and Debate Tournament from Milton were:

Finalists (Top 6 in the nation)

  • Maya B., second place, declamation
  • Isabel A. and Ben S., sixth place, duo interpretation
  • Izzy D. and Ginny B., fifth place, duo interpretation
  • Cody W., sixth place, humorous interpretation

Semi-finalists (Top 12)

  • Carli G., prose
  • Caroline W., prose
  • Jana A., impromptu
  • Cori D., dramatic interpretation
  • Izzi D., dramatic interpretation

Quarter-finalists (Top 24)

  • Miranda P., poetry
  • Kayla M., poetry
  • Brian B., declamation
  • Isabel A., storytelling
  • Ben S., storytelling
  • Walker H., storytelling
  • Carli G., dramatic interpretation
  • Maya B., impromptu
  • Jana A., original oratory
  • Ginny B., prose