Speech and Debate
I was a part-time speech and debate coach for 9 years. I mentored and led high school students while teaching them public speaking and acting skills. Throughout the year, they conceptualized and created performances which they brought to tournaments every weekend in the hopes of sharing their message, winning some trophies, and making an intellectual and emotional impact on their audiences.
I was an assistant coach with the Ridge High School team.
They’ve won the New Jersey State Championship for 21 consecutive years and are ranked as one of the top high school programs in the nation.
Shortlist of accolades:
NSDA National Champion in Program Oral Interpretation (2016)
NSDA National Champion in Prose Interpretation (2021)
NCFL National Runner-Up in Duo Interpretation (2016)
NCFL 4th Place in Duo Interpretation (2021)
NCFL 4th Place in Oral Interpretation (2017)
UK TOC Champion in Oral Interpretation (2022)
UK TOC Champion in Oral Interpretation (2018)
NCFL Semifinalist in Dramatic Performance (2015)
NCFL Semifinalist in Dramatic Performance (2016)
NCFL Semifinalists in Duo Interpretation (2014)
Harvard Invitational Runner-Up in Program Oral Interpretation (2021)
Harvard Invitational 3rd Place in Dramatic Interpretation (2015)
Harvard Invitational 5th Place in Dramatic Interpretation (2016)
Harvard Invitational 7th (Finalist) Place in Duo Interpretation (2018)
Over three dozen NJ State Finalists across HI, DI, Duo, POI, and OI
Numerous Octofinalists, Quarterfinalists, and Semifinalists at NSDAs, NCFLs, and Harvard
Numerous Champions, Finalists, Semifinalists, and Quarterfinalists at Yale, GMU, Bronx, Sunvite, and others
Here is a video of my student Aria Dadawante, 2016’s NSDA National Champion in POI.
And here is a link to Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson doing Humorous Interpretation in 1988. Enjoy.