BCP Receives Recognition at Natl Speech/Debate Tournament

Posted: June 26, 2017

Bellarmine was honored as a School of Outstanding Distinction at the National Speech and Debate Tournament, held in Birmingham, AL, last week. The award recognizes the top ten schools who have competed in both the speech and debate divisions of the tournament.

Thirteen Bells qualified to compete in the National Tournament, and the performances of each played significantly into receiving top honors at the tournament: Peter Boennighausen '17, Bryant Cong '17, Bobby Houston '18, Joshua Joseph '18, Anuj Kothari '20, Xavier Liu '17, Ronan MacRunnels '19, Thomas Nedungadan '19, Pranaya Pahwa '17, William Pramono '17, Gaurav Rane '19, Devansh Taori '18 and Rishab Yeddula '19

Individual Results:

Event
Policy Debate Devansh Taori and Joshua Joseph 5th *
Gaurav Rane ** and Rishab Yeddula Top 30
Lincoln Douglas Debate Peter Boennighausen Top 30
Congressional Debate William Pramono Semifinalist
Anuj Kothari Semifinalist
Extemporaneous Speaking Thomas Nedungadan Top 60
Informative Speaking Ronan MacRunnels Top 60
Humorous Interpretation Bobby Houston Top 60

* With this placement in the top 14 teams, and as returning high school students, Devansh and Joshua automatically qualify to next year's national championships.

** Gaurav was awarded 14th in the Policy Debate Speaker Awards.

Congratulations to our team of students and their coaches, Dee Dee Sullivan, Aaron Langerman, Matt DeLateur and Kim Jones. Special thanks are also extended to Mrs. Jones who retired at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The joy and dedication which she brought to Bellarmine and our speech and debate will most certainly be missed.

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