During the two-day span of October 14th to October 15th, KAIAC held its very first forensics competition and of course, KIS Speech and Debate team was there for one reason and one reason only – to conquer. Speech was held on Friday, while Debate was held on Saturday, both of which were hosted at YISS (Yongsan International School of Seoul).
The Speech team went to the the final rounds for every category, with Juliet Miinalainen (‘17) proceeding to final rounds in Poetry, Amy Kang (‘17) in Impromptu, Elizabeth Lee (‘18) in Extemporaneous, and Amy Choi (‘17) in Prose. In terms of placing, KIS dominated. Leanne Kim (‘19) came in second place in Extemporaneous, Naidan Ganbold (’17) came in second in Original Oratory, Sara Kim (‘18) came in second in Prose, Hope Yoon (‘19) came in third and Matthew Kim (‘18) first both in the Poetry category. In terms of the two interpretation categories, KIS couldn’t have done any better. All three competitors in the Solo Interpretation category placed, with Amy Choi (‘17) coming in first, Tahee Strein (‘20) second, and Noah Kim (‘18) third. Same goes for Duo Interpretation, with Leona Maruyama (‘17) and Erica Lee (‘17) taking first place, Amy Kang (‘17) and Joy Youn (‘17) second, and finally, Tiffany Namkoong (‘18) and Katie Koo (‘18) third. A glorious double sweep!
Debate team also met high expectations. Ye Chan Song (‘18) placed first in Lincoln-Douglas, Leanne Kim (‘19) and Jay Jang (‘17) came in first in Public Forum, and Jenny Chung (‘19) and Ricky Seo (‘18) came in second in Parliamentary. Despite two of the three debate captains Chan Ha Hong (‘17) and Yujeong Lee (‘17) not being able to attend due to AISA tournaments, the debaters maintained their confident way of speaking and eloquence of words. Congratulations to all KIS debaters!
Speech and Debate is off to a great start of the year, and both teams will only grow from here on now. The next competition is to be held at SIS (Seoul International School), on the dates November 18th and November 19th. The Forensics team has made KIS proud, once again!
– Leona Maruyama (‘17)
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