Speech and Debate Team Competes at Yale Invitational

Left to right: Logan Brown, Jake Longuil, Payton Petkus

Congratulations to seniors Jake Longuil, Payton Petkus, and Logan Brown who all placed in the top-10 in their respective categories at the 27th annual Yale University Invitational Tournament September 13-15.

Jake placed third in Humorous Interpretation for his performance titled, “My Big Gay Italian Wedding.” From the official Speech & Debate website, Humorous Interpretation requires competitors to use a play, short story, or other published work to perform a selection of one or more portions of a piece up to 10 minutes in length. This category is designed to test a student’s comedic skills through script analysis, delivery, timing, and character development. Competitors may portray one or multiple characters.

Payton placed fourth in Dramatic Interpretation for his performance titled, “The Tricky Park.” From the official Speech and Debate Website, this category requires competitors to use a play, short story, or other published work to perform a selection of one or more portions of a piece up to 10 minutes in length. With a spotlight on character development and depth, this event focuses on the student’s ability to convey emotion through the use of a dramatic text.

Logan placed sixth in Program Oral Interpretation for his performance titled, “The Burden of Being Woke.” From the official Speech and Debate Website, this category requires competitors to use selections from Prose, Poetry and Drama to create a ten minute performance around a central theme. Program Oral Interpretation is designed to test a student’s ability to inter splice multiple types of literature into a single, cohesive performance.