Middle School Speechies Earn National Recognition

SpeechiesThe Middle School’s speech team recently traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament, where Milton speechies took home 16 awards.

For the second year in a row, the team, led by faculty members Yoshi Makishima and Debbie Simon, received a School of Excellence Award by the NSDA, marking Milton as one of the highest point-earning teams in the tournament.

Three students made it to the final rounds, where Karol Querido (Grade 8) received fourth place in prose reading; Nika Farokhzad (Grade 7) finished in fourth place for declamation, an event in which the student prepares and delivers an excerpt of a speech previously performed in public; and Neha Modak (Grade 8) received a third-place honor for impromptu speaking, in which students select three prompts at random from an envelope and deliver a speech in reaction to one of them within seven minutes.