Ria Raj '21 Featured in Beachwood Buzz for her Role on World Schools Debate Team
Ria Raj '21 was recently featured in a Beachwood Buzz story where she is touted as one of the country's top high school debaters.
The article states that "She has been participating on Laurel's Speech and Debate team since her sophomore year, and was recently selected as a member of an elite team of twelve outstanding debaters from around the country to participate globally in World Schools Debate after earning the position of international runner up this past summer." While in Middle School at Laurel, Ria participated in Model UN, an academic activity in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. She stated that, "I enjoy public speaking and learning about other cultures, and the Extemporaneous Speaker track provides opportunities for continued growth in these areas." The article goes on to highlight the rigorous four-stage selection process to qualify as a USA Debate team member. "Just 12 U.S. students were selected to participate on this team, all top high school debaters in the country."
In addition to her busy Speech and Debate schedule, Ria has found time to take on the role of editor of the Laurel Political Review, get involved in student government and work with students, faculty and staff as Diversity Fellows Co-Chair. She is also co-founder of MIX, an Upper School Affinity Group for students who identify as multicultural, multi-racial, multi-religious, third culture, and/or in between identities. Click here to read the full story.