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Speech and Debate Empowers Voices

Speech and Debate has been a club for a little over one semester and has already made achievements
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The debate competition team proudly displaying their awards.

The club of every argumentative kid’s dream, Speech and Debate, is rapidly growing and has achieved the spot of largest club at Robinson in just its first year. Already hitting the hundred-member landmark, the debate club is comprised of students ready to practice their public speaking skills and compete in tournaments.

“Usually at the beginning, we start off with short announcements, and then we break off into competitor and non-competitor groups. Some just want to just improve their speech and debate skills while others are more inclined to compete. Our officer team will then split up to work with the student’s using practices and other mock tournament type drills, whatever is best suited for their goals,” said President of the club Ayan Nallamshetty (’25).

Despite the incredible size of the debate club, only about 20-30 people seriously compete. The competition team has already attended three tournaments and the last one was hosted by Robinson on Jan. 20. Their next step is competing in the regional qualifier in order to attend the national tournament, which is highly competitive.

Teams are allowed for debate as well and students Bella Musolino (’26) and Reid Taggart (’26) form a dynamic duo in their event: policy debate.

Bella and I were already friends, so we knew we would work well together which was good. We met up before our first tournament and researched the national speech and debate and what they did and then we based ours off how they did theirs, and just wrote out our whole debate,” Taggart said. “We got better every time we competed and learned to improve our arguments based off their counterarguments.”

The pair have won three first places in a row, even winning gold in their first tournament.

“We do a lot of prep and researching to build our case, and use mostly trial and error, to keep on improving. Our personal strategy is to just shoot down every point that the other side is saying, and after every tournament we go back and take notes on what they [the opposing side] said and add the good points to our argument so each time our argument is new and strengthened,” Musolino said.

For those who aren’t into intense competition, there’s going to be a statewide grand finals novice tournament at the end of the year, where majority first year debate students get to compete against other first year members across the state.

“I would like to thank all our current members of speech and debate, and if you’re not a member yet, you better join up. It’s so much fun we do really cool activities, you can ask any of our members. If you’re good at public speaking this is a way to get even better, and if you’re not than this is how you can prepare for the rest of your life,” Nallamshetty said.

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Anika Sanka, Staff Writer
Anika Sanka is a sophomore at Robinson and a staff writer of Knight Writers. This is her first year on staff. Sanka was brought to Journalism by her interest in creative writing and expressing her opinions through writing. An opinionated storyteller, Sanka favors opinion pieces where she can emphasize what she feels most passionate about. "I think stories where you can tell the reader is interested in and passionate about what they are writing about are much more enjoyable reads. That's why I like opinion pieces," Sanka said. Outside of the newsroom, Sanka enjoys AP European History and Biology class, which she misses from last year. She likes science, just not when math is involved. Sanka finds much time to avoid math by reading, dancing, attending meetings at the YMCA Leaders program or attending track practice. "Practice is five days a week and we have meets most weeks. It's kind of hard but pretty rewarding overall. Running recreationally to uplifting playlists is one of my [favorite] things to do," Sanka said In her free time Sanka enjoys going thrifting, shopping at her favorite store, Trader Joe's, or watching trashy, early '00s kid's movies. Some of her favorites include "A Cinderella Story," "She's That Man" and "How To Train Your Dragon." She loves trashy teen movies because she finds the predictable cliches and bad dialogue funny. When Sanka gets home and is ready to wind down from the day, she indulges in her favorite sweet treats, which are often chocolate based. "The thought of watching "Shameless" and eating a snack after school is the only thing that gets me through the day," Sanka said. Another one of Sanka's motives to get through the day is daydreaming about traveling, which she loves to do whenever she can. She wishes to one day go to Thailand because she wants to experience a culture that is extremely diverse from ours, and she loves their food. Sanka is excited for her future, but hasn't decided what she wants to be yet. "I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but I'll see where newspaper takes me," Sanka said.  
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