Oak Ridge High School debaters Sanjay Raavi and Shaheryar Ajmal placed seventh out of 48 Public Forum debate teams competing at the California High School Speech Association 2013 State Tournament, held at West Ranch High School in Santa Clarita last month.
The team of Ajmal and Raavi ranked highest in Central California, eventually being knocked down by a team from Rancho Cucamonga after six rounds of competition. Anshuman Kowtha and Kaythan Somavarapu from the Oak Ridge speech and debate team also debated in Public Forum at State. The boys are coached by Oak Ridge science teacher Eric Larsen.
Nearly 1,200 students from 156 different high schools were present at the competition, representing the 12 debate leagues across California. Fourteen top schools from the Sacramento region attended, including Davis, Granite Bay, Mira Loma, Ponderosa, Rio Americano, Rocklin, Woodcreek and others. Students can qualify to compete in model congress, four types of debate, and a dozen styles of public speaking and interpretation events.
Shaheryar Ajmal will also be representing the Capitol Valley league as one of its 15 entries to the National Forensic League’s National Tournament, held in Birmingham, Ala., June 16-21. Shaheryar is the league’s representative for extemporaneous speaking on foreign affairs.