Shrewsbury High Debate Team Talks The Talk

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Shrewsbury Debate novices at their first high school tournament at Sacred Heart.
Shrewsbury Debate novices at their first high school tournament at Sacred Heart. Photo Credit: Courtesy photo
Ian Gansler abd AJ Harris, Shrewsbury octofinalists in Public Forum Debate at Yale.
Ian Gansler abd AJ Harris, Shrewsbury octofinalists in Public Forum Debate at Yale. Photo Credit: Courtesy photo
Shrewsbury High School's Sean Lambert and his mother, Ruth Heim. Lam earned second place for Dramatic Interpretation at Yale.
Shrewsbury High School's Sean Lambert and his mother, Ruth Heim. Lam earned second place for Dramatic Interpretation at Yale. Photo Credit: Courtesy photo

SHREWSBURY, Mass. ‒ The Shrewsbury High School speech and debate team is off to a strong start this season, having performed well at an Oct. 13 tournament at Sacred Heart High School in Kingston and earlier this month at the Yale Debate Association Invitational.

Principal Todd Bazydlo announced the results in his weekly update to Shrewsbury High School families.

Sean Lambert won the final round of the Dramatic Interpretation debate at Yale. However, final scores are tabulated to include preliminary scores, placing him second out of about 100 competitors.

AJ Harris and Ian Gansler were in the top 16 out of 180 teams in the Public Forum debate and earned a bid toward the Tournament of Champions at the end of the season.

Of 24 Shrewsbury High novices who competed in the Sacred Heart Tournament, 15 received awards for placing first in a speech round or winning two debate rounds. They  include:

Public Forum Debate: Hari Kumar and Lindsay Mahowald (undefeated), and Nithya Pathalam and Margaret Gach.

Oratorical: Yutong Liu (her sixth straight win), Aleeza Isaac and Nikita Puranik.

Extemporaneous: Fuming Qiu and Fay Kalach.

Impromptu: Walsh Kang.

Prose: Brendan Roque and Chris Estrop.

Poetry: Amanda Welch.

Play: Jenna Parks.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Nathaniel Mahowald.

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