The Canfield Speech and Debate Team competed at the 2014 Ohio High School Speech League (OHSSL) State Tournament in Wooster Feb. 28 and March 1. At the end of the tournament, Canfield earned ninth place in Ohio as a team.
It is the sixth consecutive season that Canfield has finished in the top ten teams at the OHSSL state tournament. Canfield is one of only two schools in Ohio boasting that accomplishment.
In total, Canfield qualified 37 students to the state tournament. Of those students, 18 advanced beyond preliminary competition. Gary Zamary, senior, (third place in Impromptu Speaking), Stephen Gant and Maleck Saleh, juniors, (top eight in Public Forum Debate) were state finalists.
The team will compete at the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament in Overland Park, Kan. in June.
A team record of nine students have qualified to compete at Nationals. Seniors Julie Gemmel and Rayann Atway (Public Forum Debate), Will Brown and Kareem Soliman (Public Forum Debate), juniors Stephen Gant and Maleck Saleh (Public Forum Debate), senior Arjun Subramanyam (United States Extemp), sophomore Alec Kan (Student Congress) and freshman Michael Stefanick (Drama) will compete at Nationals.
For the season, Canfield’s Speech and Debate Team accomplished some notable feats. 66 students placed at least once, students won a total of 317 individual trophies and 51 individual first place trophies. The team earned first place at 12 tournaments this year, 37 students qualified to state and nine students qualified to nationals.
The Canfield Speech and Debate Team will host its Speech and Debate showcase April 24 from 7-9 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
Admission is free, and anyone interested can learn more about the team and some of its top competitors.
The team is under the direction of Jeremy Hamilton, with assistants Caitlin Beckett, Carole Bogar, Terri Fleming, Jacob Schriner-Briggs, Tim Nesnidol and Sami Nesnidol.