Our annual season kick-off meeting will be held on Thursday, September 27 after school. It will begin in 164. All new and prospective members will learn about Randolph Speech & Debate, who we are, what we do, the benefits of joining and competing, and how you can be a part of our team. All returning members will meet to discuss the season ahead, plan and create goals, and will be available to help introduce our new members to the team. We hope to see you there!
Interested in joining the team? Just fill out the form below and one of our team members will be in contact with you, if they haven’t been already. We will also add you to our contact lists and share with you important information about meetings and the start of the season.
New this year – all Boosters membership registration is online this year! Please complete the form below and follow the instructions for payment and judge credits, and you’re all set for the year.
Not sure what the Boosters is, or what the benefits to membership are? Mark your calendars for our brief Parent’s Night on October 1 in the RHS Commons at 7pm. Our goal is to explain the activity, what parents can do to help, what the Boosters organization does, and have everyone out in 45 minutes. Hope to see you there!
Any returning members or prepared novices are encouraged to sign up for the Yale Invitational, September 14-16. It’s an excellent early-season tournament to get good feedback, but there’s limited space available. Team members attending Yale will also be required to attend two “preseason” meetings in September after school begins. No spots are guaranteed, but registration opens August 1, so to maximize your chances, sign up below ASAP!
Congratulations to our team members who attended NSDA Nationals in Fort Lauderdale this year. A special congratulations to senior Bryn Bennett, who made the national quarterfinals in Program Oral Interpretation!
Are you or your friends interested in speech and debate? Join next year’s officers in the STEM lab on Tuesday, June 5 at lunch for a no-obligation information session about the benefits of joining the team and what we do. Bring your friends, family members, total strangers – the more the merrier! Food will be provided!
Congratulations to all three of our NCFL qualifiers who competed this weekend at Grand Nationals in Washington, DC. Special congratulations to:
- Katherine Hu, Octafinalist in Original Oratory
- Caitlyn Dempsey, 10th place in Oral Interpretation
Congratulations to all our team members who competed at the NJSDL State Championships and the NJ District Qualifying Tournament! Special congratulations to the following champions and qualifiers:
NJSDL State Champions
- Bryn Bennett – State Champion, Program Oral Interpretation
- Caitlyn Dempsey – State Champion, Oral Interpretation
NJ District Qualifiers
- Bryn Bennett – Program Oral Interpretation
- Katherine Hu – Original Oratory
- Mallika Ravi – Informative Speaking
Here is the full list of accomplishments for States and Districts:
NJ District Qualifying Tournament:
Sabrina Hu – semifinalist, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Claudia Pietrus – semifinalist, Original Oratory
Kathryn Altman – semifinalist, Humorous Interpretation (2nd alternate)
Brenna McConnell – runner up, Big Questions Debate
Katherine Hu – qualifier in Original Oratory
Mallika Ravi – qualifier in Informative Speaking
Bryn Bennett – qualifier in Humorous Interpretation (declined) and Program Oral Interpretation (accepted)
Team Sweepstakes – 4th place Speech, 4th place Debate, 2nd place overall
NJSDL State Championships:
Claudia Pietrus – state semifinalist, Original Oratory
Simran Kakkar – state semifinalist, Junior Varsity Lincoln Douglas
Mallika Ravi – 2nd place, Informative Speaking
Caitlyn Dempsey – STATE CHAMPION IN ORAL INTERPRETATION
Bryn Bennett – state semifinalist, Humorous Interpretation & STATE CHAMPION, PROGRAM ORAL INTERPRETATION
Team Sweepstakes – 5th place Speech & 7th place overall
If you are a student or parent who is not receiving team emails, please sign up for the mailing list here.
Below are the results for the first Newark CFL tournament of the year:
- Katherine Hu – 4th place, Original Oratory
- Paul Ward & Allie Wu – Quarterfinalists, Varsity Public Forum
AND – it’s that time again! The Princeton Classic is coming up soon. Waitlists for the tournament will be cleared next week, so make sure to sign up ASAP. Even if you aren’t 100% certain that you can attend, it’s better to sign up now and drop later than waiting too long with the possibility of not getting in. Princeton sign-ups are here. Deposit information will be handed out at meetings this week – those will be due on November 8.