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Speech and Debate students from both high schools qualify for state and national tournament UPDATE
Speech and Debate students from both high schools qualify for state and national tournament UPDATE
Posted on 04/26/2017
Recently, Speech and Debate students from Raytown South and Raytown High School qualified for the state and the national speech and debate tournament.

Raytown South students who qualified to participate in state speech and debate competition at the Missouri State High School Activities Association State Qualifying Tournament include: Nyla Woods and Trenton Chavez, who earned fourth place in the Duet event; and Brandon Guzman, who earned fourth place in the Poetry event.

At the Show-Me District National Qualifying Tournament, Brandon Guzman qualified to compete in the Program of Interpretation event at the National Speech and Debate Tournament.  Sydni Turner earned the Outstanding Representative designation in the District Congress event at the District Speech and Debate Tournament qualifying her to compete at the National Speech and Debate Tournament. The national tournament will be June 18-23 in Birmingham, Alabama.

The National Speech and Debate Association also named as Hailey Raw, Holly Sullivan, and Sydni Turner as Academic All-Americans for the 2016-2017 school year.  In order to receive the Academic All-American award, the student must have earned the degree of Superior Distinction in the National Speech and Debate Association, maintained at least a 3.7 GPA, and scored at least a 27 on the ACT.  

The Raytown South Speech Team is coached by Kristy Hensley. The Debate Team is coached by Maureen Woods.  
Recently, members of the Raytown High School Talking Bluejays qualified for the state and national speech and debate tournament.
The Talking Bluejays who qualified to participate in state speech and debate competition at the Missouri State High School Activities Association State Qualifying Tournament include: Romeo Bagunu, who earned first in United States Extemporaneous Speaking event; Keira Burton, who earned first in the Original Oration event; Romeo Bagunu and Evalynn Lomax who earned third in Public Forum Debate; and Doyne Dodd, who earned fourth place in Radio Speaking. Bagunu and Burton also earned the title of District Champion in their respected events. 

At the Show-Me District National Qualifying Tournament, Romeo Bagunu qualified to compete in the United States Extemporaneous Speaking event at the National Tournament to be held June 18-23 in Birmingham, Alabama. Bagunu also received the Show-Me District Student of the Year award.  As part of the Show-Me District Student of the Year award, each of the 25 schools in the district nominates one student who best represents the district. Criteria include: competition performance, classroom performance, and representation of the tenets of the Association’s Code of Honor, which include: integrity, respect, humility, leadership, and service.  
The National Speech and Debate Association has also named Romeo Bagunu and Evalynn Lomax as Academic All-Americans for the 2016-2017 school year.  In order to receive the award, the student must have earned the degree of Superior Distinction in the National Speech and Debate Association, maintained at least a 3.7 GPA, and scored at least a 27 on the ACT.  This is the first Academic All-American honor for Evalynn and the second Academic All-American honor for Romeo.
At the recent State Speech and Debate tournament, Bagunu and Lomax placed third in the Public Forum Debate event.
The Talking Bluejays are coached by Mark Harris.


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