The TEECS Speech and Debate Team participated in the 47th Harvard National Forensics Tournament during President’s Day weekend. The tournament offered eleven individual speech events and seven debate events. Over 4,257 participants from 479 schools and 46 states participated in this tournament, making it the largest tournament in the nation.
Akshat Parthiban placed 7th out of 582 competitors in the Congressional Debate event. Anika Parthiban placed 13th out of 309 competitors in the Original Oratory event. Overall, TEECS placed 12th out of 108 schools in the debate sweepstakes.
Congratulations to Akshat and Anika!
Congressional Debate: Congressional Debate is a competitive interscholastic high school debate event in the United States. Congressional Debate is a mock legislative assembly competition where students draft bills (proposed laws) and resolutions (position statements), which they and their peers later debate and vote to pass into law and then take action on by voting for or against the legislation.
Original Oratory: Students deliver a self-written, ten-minute speech on a topic of their choosing. Limited in their ability to quote words directly, competitors craft an argument using evidence, logic, and emotional appeals. Topics range widely and can be informative or persuasive in nature. The speech is delivered from memory.