The Shrewsbury High School Speech and Debate Team, under the direction of Coach Marc Rischitelli, enjoyed another highly successful year, being recognized as a School of Honor at the 2020 National Speech and Debate Tournament (top 50 ranked school out of over 1,400), and they were honored for their 50th year having national qualifiers. Further, the team finished in 2nd Place overall in Speech at the Massachusetts State Championships. Three students were individual State Champions: team president, Sophia Peng '20 in Informative Speaking; Haleema Siddiqui '20 in Poetry Reading; and Pranav Vadlamudi '22 in Play Reading. Steve Asthana '20, was the first SHS Speech and Debate team member to ever receive an invitation to attend the prestigious national event known as the Montgomery Bell Academy Southern Bell Forum Extemporaneous Speaking Round Robin. These students were recognized by the School Committee at their meeting on June 24.
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