Miramonte Public Speaking Leaves Judges Speechless

Annie Odell

Annie Odell

“The Public Speaking tournament made my break,” said captain Phillip Chang ‘11. On Nov. 20, Miramonte’s Public Speaking team traveled to Pinole Valley High School to compete in their second Individual Events tournament.

At this tournament, abbreviated IE 2, students give a ten minutes speech that they have been preparing since the beginning of the year in three judged rounds.

Alec Bahramipour ‘12 ranked first place in the final round of Varsity National Extemporaneous with preliminary scores of 3, 4 and 1; Conor Bean ‘11 ranked first place in the final round of Varsity International Extemp with preliminary scores of 2, 2, and 1; Selena Ross ‘11 ranked first in Varsity Thematic Interpretation with preliminary scores of 1, 2 and 5; Alyssa Sheets ‘11 ranked first in Varsity Original Prose and Poetry with preliminary scores of 2, 4 and 3; Lisa Chang ‘12 ranked first in Varsity Oratorical Interp with preliminary scores of 1, 1 and 2; Brian Minn ‘13 ranked first in Varsity Original Oratory; and lastly, Laura Vanderlaan ‘12 ranked first in Varsity Original Advocacy. Overall Miramonte ranked first place in the tournament and had 37 students out of a total of 64 students at the tournament bring home trophies.

“I am thrilled the Miramonte High School Public Speaking team is off to such a great start, and I am very proud that both our returning and new speakers were so successful in winning trophies and having fun with their team mates. We were so fortunate to have hall of fame coach Sandy Maguire leading the team during my maternity leave,” said Kristen Plant, head coach of the MHS Public Speaking team.

The Mats have their second IE tournament, IE 3, on Jan. 22 at Lowell High School.

“The public speaking team is like a family. But what the rest of the school doesn’t know is that it’s rather incestuous” said Alyssa Sheets ‘11.