National Speech & Debate Tournament

Last week, nine PCDS students competed virtually in the first ever online National Speech & Debate Tournament. Senior Ryan Horlick; juniors Michael Bendok, Pierce Florey, Ethan Lambert, Anika Patel and Neil Patil; sophomores, Sai Vadnerkar and Yash Wadwekar; and freshman McKinley Paltzik represented the Eagles and earned PCDS a school award for the fifth year in a row. All nine students advanced to elimination rounds in their events, four finished in the top-30, two finished in the top-14, and Ryan and Yash made the National final round of Duo Interpretation and took home 3rd place overall. PCDS earned a Speech School of Excellence Award for the fourth time in five years, placing in the top-20 of all schools in Speech events. This year's national tournament featured over 1300 schools and over 6,000 students. 

Individual Results:

Ryan Horlick & Yash Wadwekar - 3rd place in Duo Interpretation (209 entries)

  • Ryan and Yash are the first finalists in Duo Interpretation from PCDS
  • You can watch their performance where they start at 2:42:37 in this video and the performance is 10 minutes long

Neil Patil - 13th place in Informative Speaking (259 entries)

  • Neil automatically qualifies to 2021 Nationals in Informative Speaking for finishing in the top-14

Sai Vadnerkar - 12th place in Prose Interpretation (214 entries)


Pierce Florey - International Extemporaneous Speaking (239 entries)
Ethan Lambert - Programmed Oral Interpretation (261 entries)
McKinley Paltzik - International Extemporaneous Speaking (239 entries)
Anika Patel - Original Oratory (274 entries)

Michael Bendok - Quarterfinals in Congressional Debate House (464 entries)

  • Michael won his preliminary chamber, and took fifth in his quarterfinal which placed him in the top-50

Team Award: Speech School of Excellence (Top-20 of all schools in Speech events)

  • PCDS now has a five year streak of earning a Team Award at Nationals. Go Eagles!