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Four Laurel Speech & Debate Students Qualify for State Tournament

It has been a busy and successful December for Laurel’s Speech and Debate team!
On December 3 the team participated in the Olmsted Falls Tournament, along with Laurel’s Middle School team, and they took fourth place overall with several individual honors and bids for the State Tournament. On December 11 the team competed at Vermilion and found more success! See below for highlights from both competitions.
Olmsted Falls results:
Congressional Debate
2nd place (Bid) - Esther Ling ‘23
Middle School Congressional Debate
6th place - Caitlyn V. ‘28 
Humorous Interpretation
5th place - Mary Abigail Fitz ‘24
Informative Speaking
2nd place (Bid) - Nicole Samala ‘24
Middle School Oratory
6th place - Sydney H. ‘27
Program Oral Interpretation
3rd place (Bid) - Julia Duong ‘26
Public Forum Debate
3rd place (Bid) - Madison Orlando ‘23 and Becky Walker ‘23
United States Extemporaneous Speaking
Tournament Champion (Bid) - Ella Witalec ‘25
Vermilion results:
Congressional Debate
Chamber A
4th place (Bid) - Esther Ling ‘23
Chamber B
6th place - Abby Preston ‘23
Informative Speaking
4th place (Bid) - Nicole Samala ‘24
Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Tournament Champion (Bid) - Priya Datt ‘23
Program Oral Interpretation
3rd place (Bid) - Julia Duong ‘26
Middle School Public Forum Debate
5th place - Asal M. ‘27 and Rida T. ‘27
2nd place - Skylar M. ‘28 and Hannah R. ‘27
Public Forum Debate
6th place (Bid) - Madison Orlando ‘23 and Becky Walker ‘23
Julia Duong is a Ninth Grade student new to Laurel and to Speech and Debate, and she earned her first ever bid at the North Olmsted tournament followed by a second bid in Vermilion. Ella Witalec ‘25, Esther Ling ‘23, Becky Walker ‘23 and Madison Orlando ‘23 are all now State qualifiers! The season is only halfway over and we look forward to much continued success from all the competitors!
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