National Qualifiers

National Qualifiers

The Nationals Qualifier Tournament is a unique opportunity for students to compete with the best of the best, eventually making it to the prestigious National Tournament which will be hosted in Dallas, Texas this year. This tournament not only featured amazing competition but also allowed students to network with other schools. Most competitors had seen each other at several tournaments over the year, and many found this as good practice for the State Championship Tournament later this semester.

This tournament allowed us to qualify a historic 22 students (the greatest number in MSD history): sophomores Aalok Patwa, Nishita Belur, and Drake Som; juniors Naman Dandia, Daniel Edmunds, Cailey Larmore, Nick Maranowski, Sameer Keswani, Kritika Yerrapotu, Jake Ledger, Jasmine Yee, Arushi Lahiri, and Madurya Suresh; and seniors Aditi Chatradhi, Vedant Vamshidhar, Jon Telebrico, Roshni Varma, Conor Sherry, Mayank Killedar, Darya Kaviani, Eshan Gupta, and Shanaya Sales.

Special congratulations to Madurya Suresh and Darya Kaviani who placed first in their events during the competition!

State Qualifying Tournament

State Qualifying Tournament

Welcome to the height of Speech and Debate season! The blitzes are filled with the sound of several speeches going on at once and the debate rooms have students hunched over computers preparing for their next speech.

The State Qualifying Tournament itself has competitors caught between varied feelings of fear and excitement as they make it through the 3 Preliminary rounds. Breaks are a team affair with events grouping together with the hope that several from their squad make it through. Awards are always the most nerve-wracking of the semester so far. Over a hundred speech kids from Archbishop Mitty attended the award ceremony which is filled with sobs of joy and happiness!

This State Qualifying tournament was no exception, but the success was well worth it! Overall, we qualified a total of 49 competitors to the State Championship Tournament.

To learn more about the atmosphere and competition of this tournament, check out the competitor quotes below!

The most important moment for me was not when I qualified, but when our youngest members qualified. It felt so amazing to be part of our MSD family.
— Aditi Chatradi, MSD President
State Quals is where, after 8 months of anticipation, the Road to State truly begins. The excitement, nerves, and unity all emerge, as the 160 strong team, comes together with one common goal.
— Eshan Gupta, C3C Committee
Every round of State Quals is special: not only is it the pinnacle of the MSD season, but you are also reminded that even if you’re competing alone, you debate (or speak!) with your entire team behind you.
— Joanne Park, LD Captain
State Quals is truly an invigorating and energizing tournament where every round is of the utmost value. Not just because it is a means to get to State but rather that it is the culmination of everything you have put in over the course of the year.
— Arushi Lahiri, Policy Captain
State quals every year is the culmination of a year of hard work. No matter how it ends up, whether it is you or your friends on the final stage getting the opportunity to qual, to know that you played a part in one of those journeys no matter how small or large is a feeling I will never forget!
— Varun Joshi, Head of Digital Content Committee

Berkeley

Berkeley

The Berkeley National Tournament is a unique opportunity for students to be immersed in MSD culture while having a great time competing with their friends. This tournament occurs during the President’s Day weekend from February 15th to February 18th. This year, we were able to bring 71 competitors to this unique invitational; from singing tunes on the bus to TM circles to walking around the campus to grab food, all the competitors were immersed in culture over the course of the weekend.

Competitively, the tournament was a huge success for Archbishop Mitty. We had 14 people make it to the finals in their speech events with 2 tournament champions: Jasmine Yee and Connor Sherry. In debate, we had 3 teams make it to Triples in LD with Lukas Krause making it to Doubles, Aalok Patwa and Mohul Aggarwal made it to the Doubles in Policy Debate, and in PF Roshni Varma and Darya Kaviani were able to advance all the way to Octos!

In overall standings, Archbishop Mitty placed 1st in the speech sweepstakes and 2nd in the overall sweepstakes–an astounding achievement!

MLK 2019

MLK 2019

With MLK on the horizon coming into the spring season, everyone on the team was enthusiastic for this historic tournament. This tournament progressed over January 19th and 20th, with debaters also participating in 2 rounds on Friday afternoon, January 18th; the length of the tournament forced competitors to remain disciplined and healthy over the course of this long weekend. Thankfully, we had Monday off to catch up on homework and sleep!

Out of the 94 teams competing in the Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational, we took home first place in the sweepstakes–for the 4th year in a row! Additionally, we had 5 tournament champions (won 1st in their speech event): juniors Naman Dandia, Cailey Larmore; seniors Vedant Vamshidhar, Riya Dhoopar, and Conor Sherry. We also closed out Policy Debate with juniors Arushi Lahiri and Kirthi Ponnuswamy, and seniors Rose Gatlin and Malavika Ramarao named co-tournament champions in the event!

Congratulations to the approximately 125 students who competed in this tournament! Our success and accomplishments have set the stage for future invitationals this semester as well as the state tournament.

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Glenbrooks Invitational

For the first time in MSD history, 26 students traveled to Chicago, Illinois to compete in the largest first semester national tournament, Glenbrooks. Waking up early on Saturday morning to compete, the group was met with a “magical” flurry of snow to sweeten the first morning of competition. Fast forward to Sunday, and the speech team was awarded 2nd place in this prestigious tournament, only one point away from 1st!

The weekend was filled with lots of firsts, cold weather, and of course...pizza.


The following people placed in their events at the invitational:

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UOP Invitational

UOP, one of the most unique experiences for first semester, made MSD history for allowing 50/59 competitors to attend their first travel tournament!

After the end of a hectic week, debaters left on Friday and speech arrived on Saturday for a weekend bursting with competition. Yet, it wouldn’t be an MSD event without team culture. Special appearances were made by alumni, the return of Pop N Flow, and team letters!

In the end, MSD was the tournament champion!

The following people placed in their events at the UOP Invitational:

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Milpitas Invitational

Congrats to all the speech members that competed at the Milpitas Invitational! A special congrats to the following students: Naman Dandia, Julian Sanghvi, Alicia Matsumoto, Conor Sherry, and Aneri Bhatt. All of these students received a bid to the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions in Nebraska next May. The following students also had an outstanding run at the Milpitas Invitational and placed in the final round.

POI

Conor Sherry - 1st

Ali Matsumoto - 2nd

Sameer Keswani - 3rd

HI

Julian Sanghvi - 1st

Devin Makhni - 2nd

Madurya Suresh - 3rd

DUO

Julian Sanghvi and Ali Matsumoto - 1st  

Naman Dandia and Daniel Edmunds - 2nd

Emma Skeet and Nava Tamjidi - 5th

DRAMATIC

Aneri Bhatt - 1st

Emma Skeet - 3rd

Jake Ledger - 5th

Expos

Naman Dandia - 1st

Kritika Yerrapotu - 2nd

Jasmine Yee - 3rd

Suroor Nakhoda - 4th

Jon Telebrico - 5th

OO

Kritika Yerrapotu - 2nd

IMP

Vedant Vamshidar - 2nd

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Long Beach Invitational

After a long day at school, our Long Beach competitors took off at 2:00 to begin the start of the competitive season and our journey towards the 4-peat. Of course, none of this would be possible on an empty stomach so a quick stop to In-N-Out was necessary, followed by words of encouragement from their Pizza Pals, before arriving at Long Beach hungry for the next day’s competition.

Saturday did not disappoint with 3 preliminary speech and debate rounds and a large campus to keep everybody busy. Performing all over campus, our students took everything in stride and focused on perfecting each of their performances.

Sunday brought excitement with the semi’s and final rounds, all leading up to the award ceremony where Mitty received the number 1 sweepstakes spot with special congratulations to the following students:

HI:

Madurya Suresh - 2nd

Sameer Keswani - Semifinalist

Nick Maranowski - Semifinalist

Julian Sanghvi - Semifinalist

DI:

Aneri Bhatt - Semifinalist

Jake Ledger - Semifinalist

POI:

Conor Sherry - 2nd

Shanaya Sales - 6th

Anna Wymbs - Semifinalist

Cailey Larmore - Semifinalist

Alicia Matsumoto - Semifinalist

DUO:

Naman Dandia/Daniel Edmunds - 1st

Alicia Matsumoto/Julian Sanghvi - 2nd

Shanaya Sales/Jake Ledger - 5th

Nava Tamjidi/Emma Skeet - 7th

Anna Wymbs/Aneri Bhatt - Semifinalists

Nick Maranowski/Cailey Larmore - Semifinalists

OO:

Sophia Scott - Semifinalist

Kritika Yerrapotu - Semifinalist

Informative:

Daniel Edmunds - 1st

Kritika Yerrapotu - 2nd

Shreya Balusu - 5th

Suroor Nakhoda - 6th

Katherine Phan - Semifinalist

Naman Dandia - Semifinalist

Jasmine Yee - Semifinalist

OA:

Riya Dhoopar- 3rd Place

Sanika Mauskar- 4th Place

Heather Cherniss- 6th Place

Extemp:

Aditi Chatradhi - 2nd

Daniel Kim - 5th

Impromptu

Vedant Vamshidhar - 2nd place

Policy:

Mohul Aggarwal/Aalok Patwa - Double Octofinalists

LD:

Lukas Krause - Double Octofinalists

John Lee - Double Octofinalists

Joanne Park - Octofinalists

Parli:

Eshan Gupta/Aditi Chatradhi - Octofinalists

Aayush Sutaria/Anish Patel - Quarterfinalists

Tanvi Bajaj/Helena Getayalew - Quarterfinalists

Vedant Vamshidhar/Devin Makhni - Finalists

Eshan Gupta - 1st Speaker Award

Vedant Vamshidhar - 3rd Speaker Award

Public Forum:

Amit Ahluwalia/Tushar Agashe - Double Octofinalists

Darya Kaviani/Roshni Varma - Quarterfinalists

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At the end of the day, our team had several trophies under our belt, with special congratulations to the following members in their events:

Finally, one key piece of this tournament was the bestowing of NIETOC bids, which will allow members in speech to compete at the National IE Tournament of Champions in the spring. The awardees of the NIETOC bids are listed below:

DI:

Jake

Aneri

HI:

Madurya

Informative

Daniel

Kritika

OO:

Sophia

Kritika

POI:

Conor

Shanaya

Duo:

Julian/Ali

Daniel/Naman

Jake/Shanaya

Emma/Nava

Finally, as per tradition, the tournament was followed by a stop at Glowzone where scores and ranks were left behind and students just enjoyed one another’s presence.

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MSD Day

MSD Day

MSD Day is an opportunity for events to show off and recruit both new and old members; everyone shows up decked out and ready to explore all the events available. Below are just a few examples of the numerous events offered to the speech and debate team.

While the new team members find out which events they want to focus on, our alumni have come back to share their experiences and inspire us all.

As always, these MSD events give us a chance to bond with our teammates, and get to know new members.

Nationals

Nationals


This Nationals tournament we brought our biggest team yet, and had an amazing experience both competitively and culturally. Following are individual's placements at Nationals:

Conor Sherry (Humorous Interpretation) - 4th

Eshan Gupta (International Extemporaneous) - 6th

Amelia Whitney (Dramatic Interpretation) - Quarters (Top 30)

Sameer Keswani (Humorous Interpretation) - Quarters (Top 30)

Liz Mau (Informative Speaking) - Quarters (Top 30)

Esha Bhatia (Dramatic Interpretation) - Octos (Top 60)

Maddie Whalen (Informative Speaking) - Octos (Top 60)

Maddie Davis (POI) - Octos (Top 60)

Julian Sanghvi (Humorous Interpretation) - Octos (Top 60)

Mukil Pari (International Extemporaneous) - Octos (Top 60)

Debate:

Aayush Sutaria (Congress) - Semis

Arushi Lahiri/Kirthi Ponnuswamy (Policy) - Round 10 (Top 30)

 

 

First Semester Done

It all started with MSD Day on August 26th. Here's a short recap of first semester. What's missing is an infinite amount of smiles, moments shared, and lessons learned. We'll see you next year!

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2017 Long Beach Invitational

2017 Long Beach Invitational

Last weekend, the Archbishop Mitty Speech and Debate Team began their 2017-2018 season with a trip to Long Beach to compete at the nationally recognized Jack Howe Memorial Invitational. With 54 students on the trip, this marked the largest group ever to attend a speech and debate travel tournament. Following two weeks of blitzes with countless practice rounds and time checks, the students came together as a group to partake in an evening of skits and friendly competition.

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Friday afternoon came and we were off to SoCal! During the 8 hour bus ride, students played games, finished up their cases and put final touches on their pieces.

After a lunch on the road and a pizza party late night at the hotel, we gathered in the lobby to receive our first set of tangible metaphors from our teammates. After a quick motivational talk from Mrs. Cruz, we all went to bed, ready for an exciting first day of competition.

Early Saturday morning, the 27 debaters assembled in the lobby to make it to their early 8AM round. Speech members wished the debaters good luck as they left and began getting ready for their later start time at noon. Of course through all of this, we didn’t forget to take pictures!

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After an exhausting day, with 5 rounds for every debate event and 3 preliminary rounds for every speech event, the competitors returned to the hotel anxiously waiting for breaks to be revealed. The results were in! MSD had 27 speech students advance to the semifinal round!!

Early Sunday morning, the debaters competed in their 6th preliminary round. Following this round, Public Forum had 3 teams break to Double Octofinals (Top 32 teams) and Parliamentary Debate had ALL FOUR TEAMS break straight to octofinals. (Top 16 Teams). Amazing job to all the debaters!

Following a tough semifinal round the speech pool narrowed from the top 14 to the top 7. Of the 27 students that made it to semifinals, we had 16 students break to the final round of competition!

After one more final round in speech, it was time for awards! Congratulations to the following students who were recognized at the awards ceremony:

PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE

Rahul Ramakrishnan & Vedant Vamshidhar (Semi Finalist Team)

Aayush Sutaria & Anish Patel (Octofinalist Team)

Jon Telebrico & Mayank Killedar (Octofinalist Team)

Helena Getayalew & Roksana Gorgolewski (Octofinalist Team)

2nd Best Speaker - Aayush Sutaria

6th Best Speaker - Helena Getayalew

 

PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE

Mukil Pari & Tushar Agashe (Quarter Finalist Team)

Shriya Nandwani & Amit Ahluwalia (Double Octofinalist Team)

Amun Asnani & Saumil Thakore (Double Octofinalist Team)

5th Best Speaker - Mukil Pari

 

DRAMATIC INTERP

Amelia Whitney (2nd)

Conor Sherry (5th)

Shanaya Sales (Semi Finalist)

Maddie Davis (Semi Finalist)

Max Slade (Semi Finalist)

 

DUO INTERP

**Conor Sherry & Amelia Whitney (1st)**

Maddie Davis & Shanaya Sales (2nd)

Naman Dandia & Julian Sanghvi (6th)

Jake Ledger & Liv Monroy (Semi Finalist)

Keili Fitzgerald & Suroor Nakhoda (Semi Finalist)

 

EXPOSITORY SPEAKING

Maddie Whalen (2nd)

Kritika Yerrapotu (3rd)

Riya Dhoopar (5th)

Priya Ravi (6th)

Keili Fitzgerald (7th)

 

HUMOROUS INTERP

Liv Monroy (3rd)

Emma Skeet (4th)

Naman Dandia (Semi Finalist)

 

ORIGINAL ADVOCACY

**Heather Cherniss (1st)**

 

ORIGINAL PROSE & POETRY

**Max Slade (1st)**

Suroor Nakhoda (2nd)

 

THEMATIC INTERP

Aneri Bhatt (Semi Finalist)

 

As a team, we did amazing! Mitty placed 3rd in Debate as a school and 1st in Speech as a school. In overall sweepstakes, MSD placed FIRST out of more than 140 schools! Congratulations everyone! Special thanks to alumni Erica Johnson for coming to support the team! 

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After the tournament wrapped up, the entire group went to Glow Zone for some post-tournament fun. This included mini-golf, bowling, bumper cars, obstacle courses and TONS more!! Everyone had an amazing time and made memories with all their teammates.

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The next morning everyone had breakfast together and we began our bus ride back to San Jose filled with excitement and memories to share with the rest of the team. We wanted to extend a HUGE thank you to parents, Mrs. Whalen, Mrs. Korb and Mrs. Whitney for chaperoning and judging over the weekend. Also a huge thank you to our coaches, Mr. Ko, Mr. Woodhead, Mr. Cruz and Mrs. Cruz! None of this would be possible without your constant support and guidance.

With the Long Beach Invitational behind us, it’s now time to switch gears and get ready for our upcoming league speech and debate competitions in October and November. We can’t wait for all that’s to come during the rest of the season!!

2017 NSDA National Tournament

After capturing our second California State Championship in April, the Mitty Speech and Debate team travelled to Birmingham, Alabama for the 2017 National Speech and Debate Tournament. Let’s take a look at our journey…

Immediately after graduation, we began meeting to cut new scripts, block new pieces, put together new cases and rehearse our speeches. After two weeks of blitzes, team members surprised us with an Ice Cream Party and care packages to send us off!

Competitors met at San Jose Airport on Saturday morning to catch their flight to Atlanta. After landing in Atlanta and making the quick journey to Birmingham, we got to our hotel.

Early the next day, we went to the Sheraton Hotel for tournament registration as well as to the grocery store to stock up on tournament snacks.

The night before preliminary rounds saw some inspirational talks by the coaches as well as some well thought out, personalized tangible metaphors made by Lucas! Not only that, but the parents sent us a thoughtful Edible Arrangements gift as well. 

On Monday morning we had four preliminary rounds followed by two more preliminary rounds on Tuesday.

Everyone put energy, passion and poise into each of their rounds and now it was time to see the results. Cutting from the top 240 in the nation all the way down to the top 60, the breaks were tough, however MSD did outstanding. The breaks to octo-finals were as follows:

In Dramatic Interpretation: Erica Johnson

In Humorous Interpretation: Arjun Biju

In Duo Interpretation: Pranavi Javangula and Esha Bhatia

In Original Oratory: Lucas Kernan

In Program Oral Interpretation: Conor Sherry

In International Extemporaneous: Eshan Gupta and Akaash Tawade

In Public Forum Debate: Koji Flynn-Do and Jolie Leung

After two tough octofinal rounds, the competition pool narrowed from the top 60 to the top 30. We were left with 3 national quarterfinalists!!... 

In Original Oratory: Lucas Kernan

In Program Oral Interpretation: Conor Sherry

In International Extemporaneous: Akaash Tawade

In Public Forum Debate, Koji Flynn-Do and Jolie Leung, also made it to round 9 on Wednesday morning.

Following two more quarterfinal rounds on Wednesday and incredible performances by the three quarterfinalists, the breaks to national semifinals (Top 14) were announced. We emerged with our national semifinalist... 

In Program Oral Interpretation: Conor Sherry

Koji and Jolie also continued their run in Public Forum remaining in competition until Round 13 on Thursday morning!

On Thursday afternoon, the team made a quick run to Build-a-Bear Workshop. Following Nationals tradition, every competitor made their own bear to remind them of this tournament or the piece that they delivered.

Oh, and don’t think we didn’t have amazing food all along the way! We had everything from Thai food to Barbeque Chicken as well as some yummy cake for Koji’s birthday.

Starting Thursday, final rounds began at the Birmingham Concert Hall. The team, along with hundreds of other students, watched the incredible Interp final rounds all of Thursday evening.

After watching debate final rounds as a team on Friday afternoon, the much anticipated awards ceremony began in the evening. At the awards ceremony, Mitty Speech and Debate was given the highest possible award – The School of Outstanding Distinction Award. This means that for the THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR, MSD was one of the Top 10 Speech and Debate Schools in the nation. In addition to an incredible team showing, individual results were as follows:

Dramatic Interpretation:
Octofinalist (Top 60) – Erica Johnson

Duo Interpretation:
Octofinalists (Top 60) – Pranavi Javangula and Esha Bhatia

Humorous Interpretation:
Octofinalist (Top 60) – Arjun Biju

Program Oral Interpretation:
10th – Conor Sherry

International Extemporaneous:
Quarterfinalist (Top 30) – Akaash Tawade
Octofinalist (Top 60) – Eshan Gupta

Original Oratory:
Quarterfinalist (Top 30) – Lucas Kernan

Public Forum Debate:
9th place -  Koji Flynn-Do & Jolie Leung

With the tournament now behind them, the team took a Saturday morning flight back home where they were greeted by family and friends. A truly amazing way to end the week. A huge thank you to everyone who came out and welcomed us – the support and love means the world.

The end of the national tournament marked the official end to the 2016-2017 season. A final thank you to everyone who has supported us through the entire journey – friends, family, teammates, teachers, coaches and the Mitty administration. We are excited to build upon all that we have learned this year to come out even stronger next year. Even more however, we hope to continue fostering our relationships and learning more of the meaningful lessons that this activity has to offer. 

2017 CHSSA State Tournament

2017 CHSSA State Tournament

After four state qualifying tournaments, the team was ready to defend their state title at the 2017 CHSSA State Tournament in Arcadia, California! With 46 competitors - the most in the Coast Forensics League as well as the most in MSD history - we were ready for what was to come! Let’s take a look at how it all went down… 

In the weeks leading up to the tournament, we practiced during class and after school almost daily – working hard on our pieces and our cases. 

 

The week of the tournament brought the always fun, Parent Potluck. All 46 competitors and their families met for amazing food and game night where every competitor also took a few minutes to talk about what Speech and Debate meant for them. We also found out our State Rooming Buddies and Sweethearts as well! A HUGE thank you to the Lewis family for hosting this memorable event! 

 

After weeks of anticipation, the day had come for the team to head to Southern California for the tournament. After two stops and a delicious dinner with our State Sweethearts, we arrived at the hotel the night before our first rounds of competition.  

Following MSD tradition, Senior Speeches were given by every graduating senior. The speeches were broadcast on Instagram so the entire team back home could enjoy the reflections live. Each speech left everyone energized and thankful for this activity. 

 

Before day one of competition, everyone was given their tangible metaphors for the weekend. Each competitor was given a bag with notes from their peers which served to truly pump everyone up the night before. Thanks to everyone who wrote the kind words and gave us the cute gifts!

The next two days brought the preliminary rounds of competition in both speech and debate. After more than a hundred combined preliminary rounds by the team, it was time for the breaks to semifinals in speech. With a difficult cut from the top 56 competitors to the top 18, the night was emotional, but the breaks, as always, were phenomenal:

Semifinalists in International Extemporaneous: Eshan Gupta and Mukil Pari

Semifinalists in National Extemporaneous: Charlie Pyle and Rahul Devarapalli

Semifinalist in Impromptu: Vedant Vamshidhar

Semifinalist in Original Advocacy: Darya Kaviani

Semifinalist in Original Oratory: Cassie Korb

Semifinalists in Dramatic Interpretation: Conor Sherry, Erica Johnson and Shanaya Sales

Semifinalists in Humorous Interpretation: Amelia Whitney, John Lahey and Julian Sanghvi

Semifinalists in Oratorical Interpretation: Draigh Ricketson and Anna Wymbs

Semifinalists in Thematic Interpretation: Colin Anderson, Nkem Nnam, Emma Skeet and Madelyn Davis

Semifinalists in Duo Interpretation: Pranavi Javangula and Esha Bhatia, Naman Dandia and Jake Ledger

Semifinalists in Original Prose and Poetry: Paige Decena and Fiona Pestana

Semifinalists in Congressional Debate: Siddhant Gannu

 

Also, Congratulations to the following debate teams:

 

Anish Patel and Aayush Sutaria for advancing to Round 4 in Parliamentary Debate.

Arushi Lahiri and Kirthi Ponuswammy for advancing to Round 4 in Policy Debate.

Murad Awad and Liyang Chen for advancing to Round 5 in Policy Debate.

Eshan Gupta and Aditi Chatradhi for advancing to Round 6 in Policy Debate.

Darya Kaviani and Roshni Varma for advancing to Round 6 in Public Forum Debate. 

After a difficult semifinal round the next morning, the team gathered in a circle to find out who our 2017 state finalists would be! After a difficult cut from the top 18 competitors to the top 7, the following were MSD state finalists: 

 

Original Oratory Finalist: Cassandra Korb

Humorous Interpretation Finalist: Amelia Whitney

Oratorical Interpretation Finalist: Draigh Ricketson

Dramatic Interpretation Finalist: Erica Johnson

Thematic Interpretation Finalists: Colin Anderson and Madelyn Davis

Duo Interpretation Finalist: Pranavi Javangula and Esha Bhatia

Congressional Debate Finalist: Siddhant Gannu

Public Forum Finalists: Koji Flynn-Do and Jolie Leung

After all the finalists gave incredible performances with passion and energy, it now came time for awards! After 3 days of intense competition, congratulations to ALL the competitors. The full results…

 

Dramatic Interpretation:
3rd place - Erica Johnson

8th place - Conor Sherry

9th place - Shanaya Sales

 

Duo Interpretation:
1st place - Pranavi Javangula and Esha Bhatia

11th place - Jake Ledger and Naman Dandia

 

Humorous Interpretation:
4th place - Amelia Whitney

14th place - Julian Sanghvi

17th place - John Lahey

 

Impromptu:
14th place - Vedant Vamshidhar

 

International Extemporaneous:
9th place - Eshan Gupta

12th place - Mukil Pari

 

National Extemporaneous:
12th place - Charlie Pyle

18th place - Rahul Devarapalli

 

Oratorical Interpretation:
4th place - Draigh Ricketson

13th place - Anna Wymbs

 

Original Advocacy:
9th place - Darya Kaviani

 

Original Prose and Poetry:
8th place - Fiona Pestana

9th place - Paige Decena

 

Original Oratory:

7th place - Cassandra Korb

 

Thematic Interpretation:
1st place - Madelyn Davis

3rd place - Colin Anderson

10th place - Emma Skeet

18th place - Nkem Nnam

 

Congressional Debate:
2nd place - Siddhant Gannu

 

Policy Debate:

8th place - Eshan Gupta & Aditi Chatradhi

13th place - Murad Awad & Liyang Chen

 

Public Forum Debate:

2nd place - Koji Flynn-Do & Jolie Leung

8th place - Darya Kaviani & Roshni Varma

 

Team Sweepstakes:
1st place - Archbishop Mitty

At the end of the day, we emerged with TWO STATE CHAMPIONS! Junior Madelyn Davis in Thematic Interpretation as well as Junior Esha Bhatia and Senior Pranavi Javangula in Duo Interpretation. In addition, Mitty Speech and Debate defended their state title and for the second consecutive year, were named the TOP Speech and Debate school in California!! 

 

After the awards ceremony, the team headed to Dave and Busters for a bit of post awards fun – food, games, dancing and team bonding!

The next morning, the team headed back home with smiles on their faces and unforgettable memories. A huge thank you for those who made this possible – family, friends, teachers, coaches and the Mitty administration. This wouldn’t have been possible without the constant love, support and guidance. 

 

3 Months of MSD Madness!

Yikes! We've been so busy competing, we're a bit behind on our website updates. Thank you for your interest in all things MSD! 

After an intense swing of State Quals and Nat Quals tournaments we're happy to announce that we have qualified 43 students to the State tournament in Arcadia this April, and 12 (so far) to Nationals in Alabama this June! We also were awarded 1st place in the Coast Forensics League 2016 - 2017 Sweepstakes!

Congratulations to sophomores Roshni Varma, Darya Kaviani; junior Jolie Leung; and senior Koji Flynn-Do for qualifying to State in Public Forum Debate.

Congratulations to sophomores Roshni Varma, Darya Kaviani; junior Jolie Leung; and senior Koji Flynn-Do for qualifying to State in Public Forum Debate.

Congratulations to the following students for qualifying to State in their respective individual events: freshmen Jake Ledger, Naman Dandia; sophomores Julian Sanghvi, Shanaya Sales, Conor Sherry, Emma Skeet, Aneri Bhatt, Anna Wymbs, Darya Kaviani, Vedant Vamshidhar, Roksana Gorgolweski, Eshan Gupta; juniors John Lahey, Amelia Whitney, Esha Bhatia, Maxwell Slade, Olivia Monroy, Cassie Korb, Madelyn Davis, Jasmine Ho, Mukil Pari; and seniors Piper Lewis, Erica Johnson, Pranavi Javangula, Colin Anderson, Emily Goes, Draigh Ricketson, Paige Decena, Fiona Pestana, Charlie Pyle, and Seher Randhawa.

Congratulations to the following students for qualifying to State in their respective individual events: freshmen Jake Ledger, Naman Dandia; sophomores Julian Sanghvi, Shanaya Sales, Conor Sherry, Emma Skeet, Aneri Bhatt, Anna Wymbs, Darya Kaviani, Vedant Vamshidhar, Roksana Gorgolweski, Eshan Gupta; juniors John Lahey, Amelia Whitney, Esha Bhatia, Maxwell Slade, Olivia Monroy, Cassie Korb, Madelyn Davis, Jasmine Ho, Mukil Pari; and seniors Piper Lewis, Erica Johnson, Pranavi Javangula, Colin Anderson, Emily Goes, Draigh Ricketson, Paige Decena, Fiona Pestana, Charlie Pyle, and Seher Randhawa.

Congratulations to freshmen Kirthi Ponnuswamy, Arushi Lahiri; sophomores Eshan Gupta, Aditi Chatradhi; and seniors Liyang Chen and Murad Awad for qualifying to State in Policy Debate.

Congratulations to freshmen Kirthi Ponnuswamy, Arushi Lahiri; sophomores Eshan Gupta, Aditi Chatradhi; and seniors Liyang Chen and Murad Awad for qualifying to State in Policy Debate.

Congratulations to sophomore Aayush Sutaria; junior Rahul Ramakrishnan; and seniors Siddhant Gannu and Akaash Tawade for qualifying to State in Congressional Debate. 

Congratulations to sophomore Aayush Sutaria; junior Rahul Ramakrishnan; and seniors Siddhant Gannu and Akaash Tawade for qualifying to State in Congressional Debate. 

Congratulations to our National Qualifiers!   DUO Interp - Pranavi Javangula / Esha Bhatia Humorous Interp - Arjun Biju Original Oratory - Lucas Kernan Dramatic Interp - Erica Johnson Program Oral Interp - Conor Sherry / Maddie Davis Informative Speaking - Seher Randhawa International Extemp - Akaash Tawade / Eshan Gupta Public Forum Debate - Koji Flynn-Do / Jolie Leung

Congratulations to our National Qualifiers! 

DUO Interp - Pranavi Javangula / Esha Bhatia
Humorous Interp - Arjun Biju
Original Oratory - Lucas Kernan
Dramatic Interp - Erica Johnson
Program Oral Interp - Conor Sherry / Maddie Davis
Informative Speaking - Seher Randhawa
International Extemp - Akaash Tawade / Eshan Gupta
Public Forum Debate - Koji Flynn-Do / Jolie Leung

Wish us luck as we prepare for one more National Qualification Tournament next weekend, and then State!

Want to see what we've been working on? Join us April 10th in the Kinkade Theater for our annual Speech and Debate showcase. 

ALL IN!

Super Debate/ IE League 2

Super Debate/ IE League 2

Congratulations on another fantastic weekend of competition! Leading up to Super Debate on Saturday and League 2 on Sunday, the team was excited and ready to rack up more wild cards. Thank you to both speech and debate for being extremely supportive of each other throughout the week. 

Speech surprised debate with root beer floats the night before their tournament!   

Speech surprised debate with root beer floats the night before their tournament!

 

Debate created a beautiful video telling speech why they love them. So cute

Both tournaments were a huge success! Congratulations to the following 6 teams who received debate wild cards on Saturday:

Public Forum: Koji Flynn-Do/ Jolie Leung, Amit Ahluwalia/ Shriya Nandwani, Roshni Varma/ Darya Kaviani

Policy: Kirthi Ponnuswamy/ Arushi Lahiri, Eshan Gupta/ Aditi Chatradhi

Parli: Helena Getayalew/ Raymond Rendon

The debaters absolutely killed it! 6 debate cards is the most Mitty has ever received at a single Super Debate tournament; extremely well done.

The debaters absolutely killed it! 6 debate cards is the most Mitty has ever received at a single Super Debate tournament; extremely well done.

On Sunday, IE 2 proved to be another record breaking tournament for MSD. Congratulations to the following 31 students who received wild cards in their individual events:

HI: Conor Sherry (3), Maddie Davis (4)

DI: Conor Sherry (1), Olivia Monroy (2), Amelia Whitney (4), Kassidy Jordan (7)

Duo: Lucas Kernan/ Piper Lewis (1), Pranavi Javangula/ Esha Bhatia (2), Nick Maranowski/ Sameer Keswani (5), Naman Dandia/ Jake Ledger (6)

TI: Eshan Nandwani (5), Madurya Suresh (7)

OI: Alexis Toney (3)

OPP: Arjun Biju (1), Cailey Larmore (2), Pranavi Javangula (4), Fiona Pestana (6), Ciana Knight (7)

OO: Maddie Whalen (5)

Expos: Priya Ravi (2), Seher Randhawa (5), Katherine Phan (6)

OA: Darya Kaviani (2), Sanika Mauskar (7)

Imp: Rahul Ramakrishnan (4), Akaash Tawade (5)

IX: Koji Flynn-Do (1), Mukil Pari (4), Roksana Gorgolewski (7)

NX: Charlie Pyle (5), Rahul Devarapalli (7)

Most speech wild cards at a league tournament!

Most speech wild cards at a league tournament!

Congrats MSD on another successful weekend! 

 

MLK 2017

MLK 2017

Last weekend, the Mitty Speech & Debate team competed at 26th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Invitational at James Logan High School. The week leading up to the tournament was filled with nothing short of fantastic blitzes and potlucks, with food provided by all class periods!

Period 1 was first up for the week!

Period 1 was first up for the week!

Period 8: Breakfast for Dinner. They strove for perfection and landed on EGGcellence!

Period 8: Breakfast for Dinner. They strove for perfection and landed on EGGcellence!

On Friday, the tournament began! While the speech kids were at Mitty blitzing during their day off from school, the debaters rolled up to James Logan ready to compete in their first few preliminary rounds. 

On Saturday, speech came in! Everyone started the day with time checks and pump up circles.

Cassie didn't seem to get the memo...

Cassie didn't seem to get the memo...

After competing in our first couple prelim rounds, the team decided to take a break to do something fun...Life Boat: MSD Style! It got a little hectic when Conor body checked a few people to get into groups, but hey, competing is what we do best!

Teams that play Life Boat together win together! (And yes, Liv is in fact a vampire).

Teams that play Life Boat together win together! (And yes, Liv is in fact a vampire).

After that really intense game, a few of us were feeling pretty tired and needed some rest before breaks to quarters came out...

Mr. Cruz joining 3/Super 6 for a quick nap

Mr. Cruz joining 3/Super 6 for a quick nap

Everyone was fully energized by the time breaks came out though, because that evening, we advanced 45 entries to the quarterfinal round of competition in speech and 4 teams to the octofinal round of competition in debate! A successful MLK Saturday to say the least.

Our Policy, Public Forum, and Parli teams ready for an exciting MLK Sunday.

Our Policy, Public Forum, and Parli teams ready for an exciting MLK Sunday.

The following day, advancing speech kids arrived on campus ready to compete in their semifinal round. They started the day reflecting on why their piece is important.

Just before sending our competitors off into their semifinal round, alumni Ismail Shaik had a few words of advice to share with everyone... 

While waiting for breaks to the final round, the students hung out with each other and had a bite to eat of some amazing food provided by our parents. A HUGE thank you to all our parents who spent the weekend judging and filling our Mitty tables with delicious food! We wouldn't be able to do what we love without you!

Breakfast essentials galore

Breakfast essentials galore

Taco bell, pizzas, salad, wraps, sandwiches! YUM!

Taco bell, pizzas, salad, wraps, sandwiches! YUM!

Now would be a good time to introduce some of our events competing at this tournament (debate was in the middle of killing their rounds during this time)! The team got pretty creative trying to come up with ways to represent their events.

Soon after, finals breaks came out. We had 10 speech entires advance to the final round, and we found out that both our Public Forum and Policy teams would be going into their quarterfinal round of competition in debate! Congrats!

Congrats to our finalists (missing Koji and Charlie; they were a little busy competing in the  other  event they advanced in!)

Congrats to our finalists (missing Koji and Charlie; they were a little busy competing in the other event they advanced in!)

Supporting our 3 OPP finalists!!

Supporting our 3 OPP finalists!!

After amazing final rounds, it came time for awards!

Thank you to James Logan High School for hosting a phenomenal tournament! 

Thank you to James Logan High School for hosting a phenomenal tournament! 

As a whole, our students killed the game! Let's take a look at how they did:

Co-champions, Policy Debate - Akaash Tawade/ Charlie Pyle

1st place, Public Forum Debate - Koji Flynn-Do/ Jolie Leung

1st place, Duo Interpretation - Max Slade/ Olivia Monroy

1st place, Original Prose & Poetry - Arjun Biju

1st place, Humorous Interpretation - Arjun Biju

2nd place, Original Advocacy - Darya Kaviani

3rd place,  Original Prose & Poetry - Pranavi Javangula

4th place, Impromptu - Koji Flynn-Do

4th place, National Extemporaneous - Charlie Pyle

5th place, Original Prose & Poetry - Cassie Korb

6th place, Thematic Interpretation - Nkem Nnam

7th place, Oratorical Interpretation - Anna Krause

In addition, 21 quarterfinalists (Piper Lewis, Shanaya Sales, Amelia Whitney, Giuliano Orsi, Caity Redfern, Sameer Keswani/ Nick Maranowski, Emma Skeet, Elizabeth Mau, Nava Tamjidi, Draigh Ricketson, Cailey Larmore, Jolie Leung, Keili Fitzgerald, Vedant Vamshidhar, Kritika Yerrapotu, Madelyn Whalen, Akaash Tawade, Mukil Pari, Siddhant Gannu, Ammar Syed, and Siddhant Gannu), 9 semifinalists (Riya Dhoopar, Olivia Monroy, Esha Bhatia/ Pranavi Javangula, Piper Lewis, Anna Wymbs, Sanika Mauskar, Akaash Tawade, Roshni Varma, Rahul Ramakrishnan, Eshan Gupta) and 3 debate octofinalists (Ana Gonzalvez/ Mayank Killedar Vardhaan Ambati/ Prahlad Anand, Varun Joshi/ Nabeel Shaikh).

 

Just before announcing the winner of the Large School sweepstakes award, Mr. Tommie Lindsey eloquently expressed the importance of the Martin Luther King Jr. tournament, reminding us to continue using our voices for good . 

As the top 5 schools for sweepstakes were being announced, Mitty students gripped each other's hands in anticipation of taking home our second 1st place MLK plaque. Long story short, Mitty was announced as 2nd place to Bellarmine, but after a recount of the points later that night, we found out that the official results showed that we won! A huge congratulations to our students, parents, and coaches on this wonderful victory. The amount of support and love that spread throughout the weekend is what everyone should be most proud of. Thank you everyone, and good luck for the upcoming semester!

One big happy Pham

One big happy Pham

1st Semester Recap

1 MSD DAY

1 Team Waltz

1 Blitzgiving

1 Scavenger Hunt

3 Instagram Accounts

3 Photo Booths

4 Life Lesson Lunches

5 Alumni Visits

10 Tournaments

15 Blitzes

30 Wildcards

100% ALL IN, Happy Holidays Everyone!

2016 Long Beach Invitational

2016 Long Beach Invitational

This past weekend, the Mitty Speech and Debate team kicked off their 2016-2017 season with a trip to Long Beach to compete at the nationally recognized Jack Howe Memorial Invitational. 34 students geared up for the earliest tournament we've ever competed in! After 2 weeks of straight blitzing, the students came together for dinner, skits, and reflections.

The students enjoyed sandwiches from Ike's, a team favorite!

The students enjoyed sandwiches from Ike's, a team favorite!

Super Six shared some advice with their teammates leading up to the competition.

Super Six shared some advice with their teammates leading up to the competition.

Off to SoCal! With plenty of snacks and 8 hours to go, the students spent the bus ride playing games, finishing up their cases and pieces, and getting some well-deserved rest before their first round the following morning.

Right after school, the team sent off the Long Beach competitors with plenty of hugs. Everyone piled on the bus and was ready to go!

Right after school, the team sent off the Long Beach competitors with plenty of hugs. Everyone piled on the bus and was ready to go!

Stopped at In N' Out for dinner, another team favorite.

Stopped at In N' Out for dinner, another team favorite.

Day 1: The debate squad rolled out for their early morning round at 7:30, while the speech kids stayed back at the hotel to do time checks (and their hair). Speech joined debate on campus at noon, but of course, had to stop for a quick photoshoot!

After a full day of prelim rounds, the students went back to the hotel, exhausted but extremely ready for another day of competition. The wait for breaks began! 14 of our 17 speech students advanced to the semifinal round (top 12). We’re extremely proud of all our students for going all in with this opportunity, whether or not they advanced.

Pump up circle!

Pump up circle!

Day 2: Debate finished off their preliminary rounds on Sunday morning and anxiously awaited breaks. Congratulations to all our Public Forum teams for advancing to double-octos! As for speech, all 14 students who advanced to semis also advanced to finals (top 6). Amazing job, everyone!

All 3 of our duos lookin' spiffy after competing in the final round!

All 3 of our duos lookin' spiffy after competing in the final round!

Policy and LD reflecting and enjoying each other's company. They had amazing learning experiences, and the kids all agreed that they enjoyed the tough rounds they lost in more than the easy rounds where they won

Policy and LD reflecting and enjoying each other's company. They had amazing learning experiences, and the kids all agreed that they enjoyed the tough rounds they lost in more than the easy rounds where they won

And finally, what you've all been waiting for: results! Congratulations to the following students who were recognized at the awards ceremony:

HI - Pranavi (2nd)

OPP - Cassie (3rd)

OA - Riya (5th), Darya (3rd), Siddhant (2nd)

Imp - Conor (4th), Siddhant (3rd)

TI - Colin (2nd)

OO - Cassie (5th), Fiona (1st)

Duo - Paige / Arjun (5th), Max / Liv (2nd), Conor / Amelia (1st)

DI - Erica (1st)

Public Forum - Koji and Jolie placed 2nd out of 94 teams, earning a bid to the Tournament of Champions.

Vardhaan was awarded 7th best speaker.

Rahul and Roshni made it to the Quarterfinal round.

As a team, we killed it! Mitty placed 2nd out of 92 schools in both Individual Events Sweepstakes and Overall Sweepstakes. To accomplish this with only 34 kids was absolutely outstanding, and everyone had an amazing time doing it. Congratulations everyone! Special thanks to alumni Nini Bhat, Anika Gidwani, Robbie Gallaher, and CP for supporting our team and judging rounds. Also a huge thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis for chaperoning and judging throughout the weekend–we couldn’t have it without you!

This was a great start to the upcoming season, and we can’t wait for more!

This was a great start to the upcoming season, and we can’t wait for more!