Competing at the West LA National Qualifying Tournament for Speech & Debate on April 26, Windward placed five finalists, with two Wildcats earning bids to the National Speech and Debate Association tournament in June.
National Qualifier Finalists
Meiyi Wang - 7th Dramatic Interpretation
Cam Scotch - 6th Extemporaneous Speaking (National)
Luke Gialanella - 5th Extemporaneous Speaking (National)
Sam Siminou - 3rd Extemporaneous Speaking (National)
Emma Green - 2nd Extemporaneous Speaking (International)
The success continues an impressive season for Windward Speech & Debate. In March, Meiyi, Luke, Sam, and Emma qualified for the State Qualifying Tournament hosted by Culver City High School, which makes Sam and Emma dually qualified State and National extemporaneous speakers.
During the pre-tournament extemp prep session, Speech & Debate super-fans Jane Swindell and Nataša Jovanovic provided an audience along with words of encouragement. Julia Coley, Erika Hoffman, and Luke's parents cheered on our Wildcat orators in surprise video shoutouts.
Great work, Wildcats!