14 Riverside students qualify for national debate tournament

Published on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Greenville County Schools qualified 23 out of 25 students in South Carolina for the 2014 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Overland Park, KS. Fourteen of those 23 qualifiers are Riverside Speech and Debate competitors.

The event marks the conclusion of the 2013–14 high school speech and debate activities for nearly 130,000 students. At the national tournament, qualifiers compete for more than $200,000 in college scholarships in a variety of speech, debate, and performance events. Final rounds are judged by blue-ribbon panels that include former Cabinet members, stage and screen celebrities and acclaimed community leaders.

Last year, the Riverside Speech and Debate Team took five students to the National Speech and Debate Tournament. Each received national honors and the team was named a National School of Honor, a recognition bestowed upon less than 1 percent of all participating schools.

Each year, team members and the parent booster club raise money to fund tournament competition throughout the school year. We also budget for nationals. However, over the past 10 years, Riverside has sent from one to six students.

RMS did not anticipate sending a team of 14, so is asking for financial support.

To donate online:

Make checks payable to Riverside Speech and Debate Booster Club.

For questions, contact David Dejesa, director of forensics, Riverside High School, at 864-355-7842.


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