Kent Denver Students Qualify for National Speech & Debate Tournament

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16 students headed to championships in Indianapolis.

The Kent Denver Speech and Debate team has qualified 16 students, the most in the program's history, for the 2012 Brickyard National Speech and Debate Championships to be held in Indianapolis June 11-15, 2012. This marks the 11th straight year that Kent Denver students have qualified for the National Championships.

Thirty-two Kent Denver students competed across nine different events in both speech and debate at the Colorado District National Qualifying tournament April 13-14, 2012. In all events except Public Forum Debate, only the top two students in the district earn a spot in the National Tournament. In Public Forum Debate, the top three teams qualify for Nationals.

"This year, we had a great mix of senior leadership and youth that really gelled together in the second half of the season,” said Kent Denver Speech Coach Terry Rubin. “This weekend's results show that a lot of hard work paid off, and we are now in a position to potentially be one of the top 10 teams in the nation."

Added Debate Coach Kurt MacDonald: "This has been an exceptional year for the growth and development of the debate program at Kent Denver School. Through exceptional hard work, collaboration, and veteran leadership, the debate program has exceeded expectations. Nationals is a great opportunity to showcase the versatility of our student-competitors."

The following students finished in first or second position in their respective events, and, as a result, qualified to the National Tournament. They will compete in June against more than 3,000 students from more than 800 high schools across the country.

Policy Debate: Seniors Molly Moore and Anthony Lafontant
Lincoln Douglas Debate: Juniors James Callison and Sam Mathews
Duo Interpretation: Sophomores Danny Lovato, Bailey Walker, Abbey Walker, and Hannah Monsour
Humorous Interpretation: Freshman Michael Hudson and junior Alexis Musselman
Dramatic Interpretation: Seniors Elizabeth Dansky and Mayanka Kumar
Original Oratory: Senior Calvin Dorsey and junior Elise Frank
Public Forum Debate: Senior Megan Axelrod and junior Jenna Peters

Kent Denver School is an independent school serving 674 students in grades 6 through 12. Kent Denver’s forward-looking liberal arts program inspires students to think critically and creatively, to write and speak persuasively, and to deepen their understanding of the world around them. All members of the Kent Denver community—students, faculty, staff, parents, and administrators—embrace the school’s core values: Integrity, Respect, Personal Growth, Community, and Wisdom.

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