Twelve UHS Speech and Debate Team students competed at the PA State Championships (PHSSL) at Bloomsburg University. The Policy Debate team of Phillis Wan and Akash Patel reached the final round and placed 2nd in Policy Debate at this state tournament (after a 3-2 decision against Fox Chapel Area HS in Pittsburgh). In the Persuasive Speaking competition, Felicity Chen and Melissa Griswold both advanced to the semi-final round, placing 10th and 13th in this state tournament, respectively.
Other UHS students who qualified to compete in the state tournament included Darena Ho, Easha Gundecha, Courtney Brennan, and Vedha Masuraha in Duo Interpretation; Noori Choudhary in Extemp; Ian Coutinho in Extemporaneous Debate; and Angelina Zhang and Jennifer Ding in Public Forum Debate.
Congratulations to all the members of the UHS Speech and Debate Team on their accomplishments!