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Speech and Debate Preparing for Statewide Tournament

GLHS Speech & Debate preparing for state, national tournaments


Tournament-Level Ready!

Front l-r: Jenny Huynh, Skye Booth, Stephanie McCann, Sedona Rosenberg, Angie Stewart, Ali McCathern, Evren Gokcen,
and Jassy Da Silva
Second Row, L-r: Sibi Sengottuvel, Matthew Zianni, Brandon Muschlitz, Alexis Lucas, Coach Lyle R. Linerode, Nathan Power,
Wesley Thompson, Emily Jadwin, and Loie Greenwood

The Gahanna Lincoln High School Speech and Debate team has continued in strong tradition at a recent Ohio High School Speech League’s (OHSSL) Tarhe Trails District Qualifier event in Maumee, OH. Overall, of the 19 teams represented at Maumee, GLHS placed third (tied with Wauseon HS). Accordingly,the GLHS orators moved onward to compete in the OHSSL Finals, Feb. 28 – Mar. 1, 2013, in the categories listed below.

 GLHS SPEECH                                          GLHS DEBATE
Original Oratory
  • Emily JadwinThe perpetual adolescence
  • Angie Stewart The emotional roller coaster of life
  • Loie GreenwoodThe impact of sports and parenting in society
Prose Poetry
  • Stephanie McCannPresenting on understanding death, from different perspectives
  • Jenny HuynhPresented on the loss of teenage life due to drinking and driving
United States Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Sedona RosenbergThe political process and economics
International Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Brandon Muschlitz and Wesley Thompson - Various world affairs
Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Ali McCathern
  • Evren Gokcen
  • Sibi Sengottuvel
Resolved: The United States is justified in intervening in the internal political processes of other countries in an attempt to stop human rights abuses.

Public Forum Debate
  • Skye Booth
  • Jassy Da Silva
Resolved: The U.S. government should not require its citizens to have health insurance.

Congressional Debate
  • Alexis Lucas
  • Matthew Zianni
  • Nathan Power (he also qualified in the U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking category)  

86th Annual OHSSL State Finals
Emily Jadwin advanced, placing in the the top 12 in the Original Oratory category with "Maturity Obscurity." The presentation examined the idea of adolescence and whether or not anyone ever really outgrows their youth. Jadwin's speech will be published by the OHSSL in its upcoming 2013 edition of the Ohio Orations. Nathan Power and Matthew Zianni also moved forward in the Congressional Debate category, as did Sedona Rosenberg in the U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking category.

Nine members of the team will represent GLHS at the National Forensic League's Congressional Debate qualifier March 16, 2013, at the Ohio Statehouse.

“This was a great way to end the regular season. The kids worked hard this year and will represent Gahanna well at the state-level tournament” said head coach Lyle Linerode.

GLHS students Ali McCathern, Evren Gokcen, and Sedona Rosenberg, are also scheduled to compete in the National Forensic League Tournament, June 16-22, in Birmingham, AL.

For more information, contact GLHS Speech and Debate Coach Lyle R. Linerode, GLHS English teacher Kristen Juth, or volunteer Bruce Mann, at 614-479-1592; or, call the GJPS Communications Office.

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