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The Milton Speech and Debate teams continue to shine in competitions, which are taking place virtually. Over Memorial Day weekend, students participated in the rescheduled Massachusetts Speech and Debate League (MSDL) State Championship Tournament that featured 30 schools and nearly 500 students competing in live, online speech and debate events. Tyler Tjan ’22 was State Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking and Emily Hong ’21 was State Champion in Radio Broadcasting. Miranda Paiz ’21 and Caitlin Waugh ’20 earned second place in Duo Interpretation, Abby Buonato ’22 earned second place in Play Reading, and Nyla Sams ’20 earned third place in Informative Speaking.

“This was the first-of-its-kind competition within this venue, and Milton students rose to the occasion with outstanding performances that resulted in the capturing of the overall Third Sweepstakes Award,” said Matthew Brandstetter, faculty speech and debate coach.

Earlier in the month, speech students joined nearly 700 other competitors from 188 schools in 35 states for the first annual Making Art While Socially Quarantined (MASQ) Tournament. Students videotaped and uploaded their speeches ahead of time, which were then reviewed by nationally acclaimed judges over a five-day period. Sams earned fifth place in Informative Speaking and Paiz was a quarterfinalist in Prose Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation.

In mid-June, previously qualified students will compete in the national, online National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) tournament: Sams, Paiz, Tjan, Jack Burton ’22, Jana Amin ’21, Timothy Colledge ’21, and Ben Simpson ’21.