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Students Excel in State Speech and Debate Championship

Students display plaquesApril 1, 2024

The Pine Richland Forensics Speech and Debate team earned the Small School Sweepstakes Award in addition to several individual awards March 15-16 at the annual Pennsylvania High School Speech League State Championship at Bloomsburg University.

The club competed in events including Extemporaneous Debate, Extemporaneous Speech, News Broadcasting, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Public Forum and Policy Debate.

Congratulations to:

  • Senior Mantavya Vashishth, 1st place, Extemporaneous Debate

  • Senior Udi Akolkar, 5th place, Lincoln Douglas

  • Seniors Avyu Nagrath and Henry Wojcik, 5th place, Public Forum

  • Junior Thomas DeVito and sophomore Jiwon Lee, 7th place, Public Forum

  • Senior Eunice Son, 8th place, Extemporaneous Speech

  • Juniors Erin Murray and Nedda Immen, 9th place, Policy

  • Sophomore Kara Wang and ninth-grader Bianka Roman, 11th place, News Broadcasting

Students interested in joining the Forensics Speech and Debate team next year can learn more at or contact Mrs. Harshman at

Students display plaques