2014 – 2015
STATE CHAMPIONS!!!! REPEATED!!!!
Congratulations to the State Champion North Allegheny Speech and Debate Team.
Narrowly beating their toughest state rival Holy Ghost by just 2.5 points (149 to 146.5), the team took home two individual state championships.
Senior Drew Bjorklund won first place in Lincoln Douglas debate finishing with a split decision in the final round against Danville.
Juniors Siddarth Narayan and Apoorv (Nony) Anand won also in a 5-0 decision in the final round in Public Forum Debate against State College.
Other students advancing to the break rounds (Quarter-finals and higher) –
In addition to Bjorklund, the other North Allegheny competitor in Lincoln Douglas made it to quarterfinals. Junior Nila Suresh finished in the top 8 in the state.
In the Student Senate, Senior Sarah Ricci finished 2nd in the state behind her North Catholic friend and yearlong rival.
The Parliamentary Debate team comprised of Helena Bates, Marisa DelSignore, and Annie Sippel finished in the quarterfinals.
Junior Grace Jin finished 3rd in the state in Persuasive Speaking.
In Informative Speaking, Senior Andy Mendes made it to the semi-final round, and Junior Jasmine Mahajan finished in 5th place.
In Humorous Interpretation of Literature, Junior Grace Traynor finished in 5th place in the state, and Senior Jeff Zeng made it to the semi-final round.
In Duo Interpretation of Literature, Seniors Austin Sober and Alex Venezia made the semi-final round, placing them in the top 12 in the state.
In Dramatic Interpretation of Literature, Sophomore Samir Yellepragada made semi-finals.In Impromptu Speaking, Junior Zain Mehdi advanced to semi-finals.
And finally, in an event that North Allegheny normally does not do, the Junior team of Eric Mi and Joe Zhao finished in quarterfinals of Policy Debate.
At the local National Speech and Debate Association District Tournament, North Allegheny took home the top school award, 2nd in speech, 2nd in debate, as well as two district championships. These members of the team will compete this summer in Dallas, TX.
Drew Bjorklund won the district title in Lincoln Douglas Debate.
Grace Jin was declared the district champion for her original oratory called “Couponing to College,” a speech on self-control and how it impacts our lives.
Siddarth Narayan and and Apoorv (Nony) Anand came in second in Public Forum Debate, and these two are credited for “tripling,” the term used in forensics when a student qualifies in the three big district qualifying tournaments – the state league, the National Speech and Debate Association District tournament, and the National Catholic Forensic League District tournament.
Jason Hu came in 2nd place in student congress.
And Pittsburgh was recently selected to be a part of the prestigious World Debates that takes place the same week as the NSDA National Tournament. Michael Tai was selected to be a part of this city-wide team.Others who did well were -
Grace Traynor and Samir Yellapragada, 5th and 4th, respectively, in Dramatic Interp.
Eugenia Lee and Angela Lu - 5th in duo, and Nandita Kannapadi and Serena El-Khatib, 3rd in duo.
Andy Mendes - 5th in Original Oratory.Yara El-Khatib and Annie Sippel, 5th and 3rd respectively, in International Extemp.Jason Hu and Michael Tai - 6th in Public Forum, Anmol Anand and Anrey Peng - 5th in PF.--------------------
For the Catholic Forensic League District Tournament, the following students won slots to attend this tournament in Ft. Lauderdale over Memorial Day Weekend:
Joe Zhao and Nila Suresh in Lincoln Douglas.
Julie Chen and Michael Tai, and Siddarth Narayan and Apporv Anand in Public Forum.
Sophomores Nandita Kannapadi and Serena El-Khatib, and Christina Cheung and Jeff Zeng in Duo Interpretation of Literature.
Grace Traynor qualified in Dramatic Performance.
PHSSL Districts Champions!Policy DebateErica Fan and Kimberly DelSignore - 1st placeEric Mi and Joe Zhao - 2nd placePublic Forum DebateJason Hu and Michael Tai - 1st placeNony Anand and Siddarth Narayan - 2nd placeLincoln Douglas DebateDrew Bjorklund - 1st placeNila Suresh - 2nd placeParliamentary DebateAnagha Arunkumar, Yara El-Khatib, and Julie Karabin - 1stMarisa DelSignore, Annie Sippel, and Helena Bates - 2ndInformative SpeakingJasmine Mahajan - 1stAndy Mendes - 2ndPersuasiveGrace Jin - 1stPoetryAdia Augustin - 3rdSenateSarah Ricci - 2ndExtemporaneous SpeakingBrendan Grzyb - 1stDuo InterpAustin Sober and Alex Venezia - 1stDramatic InterpSamir Yellepragada - 1stHumorous InterpGrace Traynor - 1stJeff Zeng - 2nd
- Grace Jin, Andy Mendes, and Niki Krishna all qualified in Original Oratory.
Pine Richland SweepsDebate 2ndSpeech 3rd Overall 3rdGood Person AwardJason HuCongressPresiding Officer in House B Sarah RicciLincoln DouglasDrew Bjorklund 6thErica Fan 2ndExtempKayla Badamo 5thLiz Guo 6thOOGrace Jin 1stShanelle Fernando 3rdHIGrace Traynor 5thDuoAustin Sober and Alex Venezia 2ndMercer Rotary
Speech - 2nd
Julie Chen and Elaine Xu - 3rd
Nony Anand and Siddarth Narayan - 6th
Shanelle Fernando - 1st
United States Extemp
Kayla Badamo - 3rd
Anushka Shah - 6th
Zain Mehdi - 5th
Grace Traynor - 2nd
Austin Sober and Alex Venezia - 2nd
Asha Dasari and Caroline Huang - 5th
Laird Lewis Invitational
Eric Dunbar and Sareen Ali - Quarterfinals
Sean Tao and Nikhil Cherukupalli - Double Octofinals
Debate - 3rd
Overall - 1st
Drew Bjorklund - 1st
Christina Cheung and Jeff Zeng - 3rd
Serena El-Khatib and Nandita Kannapadi - 4th
Brendan Grzyb - 1st
Sheel Kundu - 4th
Shanelle Fernando - 1st
Jasmine Mahajan - 3rd
United States Extemp
Kayla Badamo - 2nd
Mason Blackburn - 6th
1st Place Overall Sweeps
2nd Place Speech Sweeps
1st Place Debate SweepsOral Interp4th Adia AugustinOO1st Grace JinExtemp3rd Kayla BadamoHI2nd Grace Traynor4th Jeff ZengPF3rd Julie Chen & Elaine XuLD1st Kimberly Del Signoire2nd Drew Bjorklund3rd Nila Suresh4th Joe ZhouPolandNorth Allegheny - Overall - 6thPublic ForumAnmol Anand and Anrey Peng - 6thJason Hu and Maddie Lambert - 5thMarisa DelSignore and Casey Mrazik - 4thLincoln DouglasDrew Bjorklund - 2ndInternational ExtempZain Medhi - 3rdNorth CatholicCongress - Top 3Kayla BadamoSarah RicciTaylor AllderdiceLincoln DouglasVibha Reddy - FirstBronxLincoln DouglasGabe Ren - Double OctofinalsWalt WhitmanLincoln DouglasJoe Zhao- Double OctofinalsQuigley(all places are top 5)ExtempBrendan GrzybMason BlackburnLincoln DouglasKimberly DelsignoreDuo InterpYuri Tamama/Aaron BurmesterPublic ForumRaghu Venkatesh/Sricharan ChagantiUSC NoviceDuoFirst- Yuri Tamama/Aaron BurmesterThird- Eugenia Lee/Angela LuExtempSecond- Elizabeth GuoFourth- Mason BlackburnOratoryFifth- Gayathri ManchellaGMU Patriot GamesPublic ForumJason Hu and Maddie Lambert - Double OctofinalsSiddarth Narayan and Nony Anand - Triple OctofinalsErica Fan and Helena Bates - Triple OctofinalsLincoln DouglasKimberly DelSignore - QuaterfinalsNila Suresh - Double OctofinalsStorytellingCatherine Zhang - 6thHumorousJeff Zeng - QuaterfinalsDramaticSamir Yellapragada - QuaterfinalsOratoryGrace Jin - 4thYaleSid Narayan / Nony Anand - top 16 in Public ForumMarisa DelSignore / Nikhil Cherukapalli - top 64 in Public ForumGrace Traynor - top 24 in DramaSheel Kundu - top 24 in ExtempAdia Augustin top 24 in Prose/PoetryGrace Jin - top 48 in OratoryJoe Zhao - top 64 in Lincoln DouglasWake ForestEarly Bird Tournament6th Place OverallDrew Bjorklund Quarters (Varsity Lincoln Douglas)Michael Tai/Sean Tao Double octos (Varsity Public Forum )Andy Mendes Semis (Oratory)Adia Augustin Semis (Oratory)Zain Mehdi Quarters (Extemp)Gabe Ren Finals (2nd overall in Varsity Lincoln Douglas with a TOC bid)Thomas Kim Octos (JV Lincoln Douglas)Joe Zhao Double octos (Varsity Lincoln Douglas)