High School Students Place in State-Qualifying Forensic Tournament

Eleven Fox Chapel Area High School students recently placed in the Pennsylvania High School Speech League’s (PHSSL) District 2 state championship qualifying tournament. Junior Mihir Garimella won first place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, junior Ellen Pil won second place in Student Congress, junior Jeremy Rodrigues won second place in Commentary, and the team of seniors Julia Lynch and Priyanka Shah won third place in Public Forum Debate. All five of these students qualified to represent the region at the PHSSL State Tournament. Additionally, the team of junior Jonathan Monroe and sophomore Sara Puthenpurayil won third place in Policy Debate and they are the first alternates to the state championships and junior Madeleine Doerr won fourth place in Persuasive Speaking and she is the second alternate to the state championships. The state tournament will be held April 7-9, 2016, at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

The following three students also placed at the tournament: the team of juniors Joshua Cagan and Austin Fisher won fifth place in Due Interpretation and junior Suvir Mirchandani won sixth place in Prose reading. Overall, the Fox Chapel Area High School Forensics & Model UN Team won third place in the team portion of the competition.

Approximately 190 students representing 14 high schools from across the northern Pittsburgh region competed in the District 2 state-qualifying tournament. The tournament was held February 27 at Pine-Richland High School.

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