Riverside Speech and Debate Team wins sweepstakes awards

Published on Friday, February 26, 2016

The Riverside High School Speech and Debate Team won the first-place sweepstakes award at the Sampson Smith Robertson Invitational held Feb. 6 at Southside High School.

Event champions include Sooruj Bhatia and Lucy Wang in Duo Interpretation, Sooruj Bhatia in Program Oral Interpretation, Manu Budidi in Expository Speaking, Michael Gallagher in Declamation, Carol Lee in Humorous Interpretation, Cindy Li in Radio Speaking, Mit Patel in Novice Reading, and Devin Remley in Informative Speaking.

Sooruj Bhatia was the tournament's individual sweepstakes champion.

The Speech and Debate Team also won the overall sweepstakes award at the inaugural Eastside High School Speech Tournament.

Individual winners were:

Abigail Holland, 1st in Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate
J. D. Dawson, 2nd in Varsity in Lincoln Douglas Debate
Carolyn Bubanich, 6th in Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate
Julia Murray, 4th in Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate
Jaimie McKeel, 6th in Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate
Neil Gramopadhye and Nicole Patterson, 1st in Varsity Public Forum Debate
Bayley Murray and Bjore Samard, 3rd in Novice Public Forum
Jared Boggs, 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking
Unshu Biyani, 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking
Jordan Childs, 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking
Andrew Kim, 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking
Seyoung Kim, 6th in Extemporaneous Speaking
Jared Boggs, 1st in Impromptu Speaking
Unshu Biyani, 3rd in Impromptu Speaking
Allison Watts, 5th in Impromptu Speaking
Michael Gallagher, 1st in Original Oratory
Devin Remley, 2nd in Original Oratory
Faith Ingle, 4th in Original Oratory
Elizabeth Hall, 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation
Matt Thomas, 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation
Stephanie Gonzalez, 4th in Dramatic Interpretation
Carol Lee, 1st in Humorous Interpretation
Monique Louw, 2nd in Humorous Interpretation
Emma Simonis, 3rd in Humorous Interpretation
Lucy Wang, 4th in Humorous Interpretation
Manu Budidi and Monique Louw, 3rd in Duo Interpretation
Lucy Wang and Sooruj Bhatia, 4th in Duo Interpretation
Stephen Voelk and Rachel Harrington, 6th in Duo Interpretation
Andie April, 2nd in Program Oral Interpretation
Ceylin Ucok, 3rd in Program Oral Interpretation
Carol Lee, 5th in Program Oral Interpretation
Emma Simonis, 1st in Children's Literature
Colin Smith, 5th in Children's Literature
Allison Watts, 6th in Children's Literature
Erden Ucok, 1st in Novice Reading
Matt Thomas, 2nd in Novice Reading
Rachel Harrington, 3rd in Novice Reading
Daniella Herrera, 4th in Novice Reading
Elizabeth Sanchez, 5th in Novice Reading
Andrei Robu, 6th in Novice Reading
Andrei Robu, 1st in Declamation
Mit Patel, 2nd in Declamation
Michael Gallagher, 3rd in Declamation
Elizabeth Sanchez, 4th in Declamation
Cindy Li, 5th in Declamation
Devin Remley, 1st in Informative Speaking
Ceylin Ucok, 3rd in Informative Speaking
Addison Cox, 1st in Expository Speaking
Manu Budidi, 2nd in Expository Speaking
Andie April, 3rd in Expository Speaking
Nicholas Hamberis, 1st in Congressional Debate, House
Joshua Woo, 2nd in Congressional Debate, House
Will Tapp, 3rd in Congressional Debate, House
Sarai Dai, 3rd in Congressional Debate, Senate
Dean Lage, 4th in Congressional Debate, Senate
Audrey Dods, 5th in Congressional Debate, Senate

Tiger Spirit Award

Southside Coach Erickson Bynum also honored Riverside's students with the Tiger Spirit Award, praising their fortitude and character in the face of recent tragedy.

RHS students sweep Greer's essay contest

Essay contest winners Riverside High School took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the City of Greer's Black History Month Essay Contest.

Students were asked to write a 400-500 word essay on their chosen African-American hero.

The following students were honored with a reception and awards presentation at the Feb. 9 meeting of Greer's City Council by the mayor and special events staff.

  • Haley Hutchinson — 1st place — $75 gift card 
  • Sarah Rzepczynski — 2nd place — $50 gift card 
  • Kennedy Bright — 3rd Place — $25 gift card

RHS teacher gets surprise visit from former student

Carrie Fussell, teacher at Riverside High School, got a surprise visit from one of her former students.

Kevin Dodd, a defensive football player at Clemson University, came by Riverside to chat with his former teachers.

National Arts Honor Society members make Valentine cards for children

Members of Riverside High School's National Arts Honor Society participated in the Magic 98.9 FM Cards for Kids drive and created Valentine cards for the Greenville Hospital System Children's Hospital. More than 100 cards were made and delivered to children who could not be home or in school for Valentine's Day.

Five RHS students selected for USC Band Clinic

Monica Li, Sam Johnson, Matthew Robison, Alyssa Campanelli and Christopher Barron have been selected for the USC Band Clinic.

For 38 years, this clinic has drawn 450 students from across the country to audition for seats in four bands, participate in master classes with university studio professors, engage in an intense sequence of rehearsals and culminate in a concert on Sunday afternoon in the Koger Center for the Arts.


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