The Potomac School Speech and Debate team competed at the University of Florida this past weekend, producing five place winners and four semifinalists in various events. The tournament featured roughly 150 schools from 24 states and a large turnout of big Florida speech and debate teams.
Potomac’s team was paced by senior Natalie Roots-Nowakowski, with a third-place finish in humorous interpretation. Fellow senior Olivia Eads was fourth in a huge congressional debate tournament. Junior Taylor Burris finished fourth in the extemp speaking invitational and sixth in the main extemp tournament. Sophomore Ethan Maher was ninth, and freshman Armaan Sethi was sixteenth, in congressional debate. Potomac also had four semifinalists in speech: junior Ayanna Nayar (oratory), junior Graeme Evans (humorous interpretation), sophomore Hannah de Souza (program oral interpretation), and Abigail Woldgebriel (extemp speaking).
Three Potomac public forum teams competed locally over the same weekend. Juniors Nuna Endale and Catherine Ruggeri took third to win their Metro finals bid. Most recent placement results are available here.