Speech & Debate Team Shines on National Stage

Recently, the Speech & Debate team competed virtually at a tournament hosted by ASU. Over 100 schools from 25 states competed, and PCDS shined once again on the national stage. In Public Forum Debate, Juniors Sedona Korzay & Sammy Marks earned their first bid to the Tournament of Champions. To qualify for the Tournament of Champions, debaters must earn two bids that are awarded to competitors who advance to outrounds at select national tournaments throughout the year. The team also had 2 individual champions, 2 runners-up, and 11 total finalists across Congress and speech events. Congratulations to the following students: 


  • McKinley Paltzik - Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Neil Patil - Impromptu Speaking


  • Nina Amin - Informative Speaking
  • Sai Vadnerkar - Dramatic Interpretation


  • Misha Ghafouri - 3rd Place in Programmed Oral Interpretation
  • McKinley Paltzik - 3rd Place in Impromptu Speaking
  • Anika Patel - 3rd Place in Original Oratory
  • Neil Patil - 3rd Place in Informative Speaking
  • Michael Bendok - 5th Place in Congressional Debate
  • Pierce Florey - 5th Place in Impromptu Speaking


  • Anika Patel - Informative Speaking


  • Ria Mehta & Tabitha Cohen - Novice Public Forum Debate


  • Sedona Korzay & Sammy Marks - Varsity Public Forum Debate