NDA Speech Team are District Champions, qualify in state/national finals

by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

The NDA Team included L-R, back row: Hope Thayer, Hannah Dailey, Ashley Keane, Anna Haudrich, Elizabeth Burchfield, Carly Krulikowski, Abbey Rose, Maddy Vesoulis, Chloe Knapp, Manar Kashk, Lauren Dionyssiou, Sarah Faisal, Gracey Chung, Anika Singhania, Nakita Nel and Sarah Watson; L-R, second row: Claire Kohler, Mary Gerhardinger, Ada Ogbonna, Aniya Jones, Libby Stupica, Sophie Nijakowski, Leen Yassine and Maria Bier; L-R, front row: Caroline Shull and Sadie Kaplan.

Notre Dame Academy Speech and Debate Team had three students qualify to compete at Nationals in June. Sylvanian Sadie Kaplan will compete in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking, along with Caroline Shull in Dramatic Interpretation and Hope Thayer in Informative Speaking. The Team also had 26 young women who qualified for the Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament held in Columbus, Ohio.

The NDA Speech and Debate Teams have once again been named as a member of the 200 Club by the National Speech Debate Association, as the top eight percent of teams in the nation. They have also been named the Tarhe Trail District Champs for the eighth year in a row and have received national recognition by being given the National Speech and Debate Cumulative Sweeps Award. Along with the team successes, Assistant Speech Coach, Dave DeChristopher, became a National Speech and Debate Association Diamond Coach.

The following Sylvania area girls qualified for State Competition:

Declamation-Ada Ogbonna

Duo Interpretation-Elisabeth Burchfield

Claire Kohler and Libby Stupica

Humorous Interpretation-Anna Haudrich

Informative Speaking-Hope Thayer

Lincoln-Douglas Debate-Leen Yassine

Original Oratory-Maddy Vesoulis

Congressional Debate-Manar Kashk

Anika Singhania

U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking-Sadie       Kaplan

Public Forum Debate-Sarah Faisal