Sanjay Raavi, left, and Shaheryar Ajmal debated their way to the national speech and debate championship this June. The Oak Ridge Students will head to Kansas to face the competition. Courtesy photo

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Two Trojans headed to national speech & debate competition

Oak Ridge students Shaheryar Ajmal and Sanjay Raavi have won a bid to the National Speech & Debate Association’s national championship tournament to be held in Kansas City, Kan., this June.

Students from 105 districts around the country will compete, representing all 50 states. This will be Shaheryar’s second national tournament.

Competition for the local district’s four debate spots was fierce. Thirty-two students from the five counties in the greater Sacramento area debated through six rounds of double-elimination last weekend, until only the final four teams remained. Oak Ridge and Granite Bay were the only schools with undefeated debaters in this qualifying tournament.

Besides debate, the National Speech & Debate Association also promotes competition in public oratory, current events and politics, extemporaneous speaking, and interpretation of dramatic and humorous literature. The 23 high schools in the Capitol Valley district engage in monthly matches all year, culminating in a state qualifying tournament each March and a final national qualifying tournament each April.

Oak Ridge High School is proud to be sending Shaheryar and Sanjay to both the state and national championship tournaments this year.

By Eric Larsen, Oak Ridge Speech & Debate coach

Special to Village Life


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