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Sept. 21, 2017 - Plano West Speech & Debate Wins First Place Sweepstakes


At the 29th Annual Grapevine Classic Texas Forensic Association (TFA) and Tournament of Champions (TOC) Qualifier at Grapevine High School, Plano West Senior High students won first place sweepstakes. This tournament draws competitors from across the country to earn “bids” to the prestigious Tournament of Champions, the premiere high school speech and debate national championship, held each May at the University of Kentucky.


Plano West Speech and Debate Team

Plano West speech and debate team. (Front row) Jason Zhang, Uzair Alpial and Ashwin Desai (middle row) Noah Ogata, Elizabeth Khalilian, Michelle Zhang, Joy Fan, Stephanie Zhang, Jennifer Lin, Jacqueline Wei, Anthony Jiang and Shiva Kandala (back row) Viswajith Rajagopalan, Jacob Mammen, Ali Rizvi, Dhashvin Deva, Samuel Loh and Gunjan Bhattarai. Not pictured are: Nihal Charmani, Ranie Lin, Christina Lu, Mukund Rao, Art Taychameekiatchai, Carlyn Yang and Jerry Yang.

Individual awards are as follows:

Public Forum Debate

  • Jennifer Lin / Jacqueline Wei, 2nd Place & Tournament of Champions Bid
  • Stephanie Zhang/ Mukund Rao, Quarters & Tournament of Champions Bid
  • Art Taychameekiatchai/ Jason Zhang, Quarters & Tournament of Champions Bid
  • Jerry Yang/Ranie Lin, Octos
  • Carlyn Yang/ Christina Lu, Octos
  • Joy Fan/ Michelle Zhang, Double-Octos

Congressional Debate

  • Shiva Kandala, fifth place & Tournament of Champions Bid
  • Uzair Alpial, sixth place & Tournament of Champions Bid
  • Ashwin Desai, seventh place
  • Nihal Charmani - finals

Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking

  • Uzair Alpial, first place & Tournament of Champions Qualification
  • Anthony Jiang, fifth place & Tournament of Champions Qualification