District News ➤ Article 4314
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Posted Date: 07/05/2016

Andover High School 2016 graduate Hanna Watson recently placed second in the 2016 National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament, the world's largest academic competition. The tournament took place June 12-17 in Salt Lake City, UT. Hanna competed in the Original Oratory event, which requires the students to write and memorize a ten minute persuasive speech that focuses on a problem in society. Andover High School won the national championship last year with Class of 2015 Senior Kenon Brinkley. This was the first time ever that a school from Kansas has had a student in the finals of oratory in consecutive years. Hanna was the highest placing student from Kansas in any event. Hanna plans to attend the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the fall and double major in African, African American and Diaspora studies and political science. Her speech, titled "The Quantum Society" can be viewed here.

AHS student Soham Dasgupta competed in student congress and the teams of Caelan Dean & Cameron Fleming and Kyle Richardson & Cole Richardson compteted in policy debate. Kyle and Cole Richardson made it to the elimination rounds and placed in the top 50. To qualify, the students had to place in the top two places for the speech events and in the top four for debate at the Sunflower NSDA qualifying tournament.