Wednesday, June 28th | BP Makes History @ National Speech and Debate Tournament

Democracy Prep Makes History @ National Speech and Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama

The Varsity Speech/Debate Team competed last week in Birmingham and we are proud to announce that we had TWO DUOS in the final round. Bronx Prep Scholars, Dieynaba Dieng and Manuela Ryes won SECOND PLACE overall. Bronx Prep Scholars, Tavan and Jesus also made finals, but because of a MISCALCULATION by the tab staff, they did not perform in the final but found out after the fact they INDEED made the final. They are currently working on solving the mistake and make it right. So in the end, we made history by having TWO in the top 6 in the country. In the history of the activity, this has only happened once and a first for a team from New York City. It also should be stated that Manuela and Dieynaba TIED for FIRST in the final round but placing is by overall scores throughout the tournament.

To watch the girls find out they made finals, you can watch the video here:
Congratulations to Harlem High, Marlynn Pollard who took 9th Place overall, missing the final by a few points. 
We also took a middle school squad to Nationals as well. Congratulations to Sandra Boayke and Rokyatou Diaby who placed 8th in the nation. Sandra and Rokyatou also broke to quarter-finals in Storytelling and Dramatic Interp. Shout out to Fatima Kassim and Nathalie Brea on a strong showing and missing break rounds by a few points. 
Shout out to Mr. Veals from Baton Rouge and Alumni Kadeem Penny and Emmanuel Cruz for chaperoning and judging. 
SHOUT OUT to Varsity Coaches, Sarah Rosenberg and Norberto Troncoso for their WONDERFUL work with the Scholars. 
Any Scholars interested in participating on the 2017-2018 team, try-outs this week. 
The final round audience!!!
Congratulations to all on a historic 2016-2017 season!!!