Summit High School Students Compete High School Speech and Debate League

HappykidsSummit High School students competed at the Tennessee High School Speech and Debate League (THSSDL) District III Championship Tournament on Saturday, March 13.

This competition involved nearly 170 students on teams from public and private schools from the mid-state area and was held at Summit High School. All SHS students advanced to the State Championship in different events and will travel to Morristown, TN on April 23rd.

Going on to State in their event:

Jared Schmidt – impromptu speaking

Sara Kaparos – Solo acting

Hannah Burton – Costume and set design

Earning trophies:

Nathan Morgan – Storytelling

Lily Marshall – Dramatic Interpretation

All SHS students who competed on Saturday are eligible for State Student Congress including:

Rob King

Julia Cushey

Austin Cushey

Speech and Debate (formerly known as Forensics), is not just giving speeches and arguing. There are many different events in which one can participate:

Dramatic Interpretation

Duo Interpretation

Humorous Interpretation

Original Oratory

Extemporaneous Speaking (US & International)

Public Forum Debate

Congressional Debate

After-Dinner Speaking

Impromptu Speaking

One-Act Play

Oral Interpretation of Poetry

Oral Interpretation of Literature


Television Broadcasting

Theatre Set Design

Theatre Costume Design

Summit’s Speech and Debate team is coached by Robert Collard and Jackie Zigelsky.

Front Row: Julia Cushey, Sara Kaparos, Lily Marshall, Jared Schmidt, Jackie Zigelsky. Back Row: Robert Collard, Nathan Morgan, Austin Cushey, Hannah Burton. Not pictured: Rob King.