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April 10, 2018 - Plano and Plano West NSDA National Qualifiers


On April 6-7 and 10, Plano and Plano West Senior High Schools' Speech and Debate Teams competed at the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) District National-Qualifying Speech Tournament. Plano West placed first in overall sweepstakes at this national qualifying tournament.

Plano and Plano West teams

Top photo: Plano Senior High School speech and debate national qualifiers.

Bottom photo: Plano West speech and debate team with national qualifiers and coach Rhonda Smith middle front row.

The following students will compete at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this summer. 

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  • Saavni Desai, Plano Senior High
  • Nikhil Ramaswamy, Plano West Senior High
  • Jacqueline Wei, Plano West Senior High

Congressional Debate

  • Nick Senktas, Plano Senior High – Congressional Debate, House
  • Nicolas Teachenor, Plano Senior High - Congressional Debate, Senate
  • Eshan Chhabra, Plano Senior High - 1st alternate Congressional Debate, House

Domestic Extempt

  • Burin Balsara, Plano Senior High, 1st alternate

Duo Interpretation

  • Joyce He and Jessie Yu, Plano Senior High

Informative Speaking

  • Katie Brown, Plano West Senior High
  • Annie Lu, Plano Senior High

 International Extemporaneous Speaking

  • Uzair Alpial, Plano West Senior High
  • Jennifer Lin, Plano West Senior High
  • Alternate: Pranay Dhondi, Plano West Senior High

Original Oratory

  • Reagan Cooper, Plano Senior High
  • Lekha Nettem, Plano West Senior High

Public Forum

  • Ranie Lin and Jerry Yang, Plano West Senior High 
  • Christina Lu and Carlyn Yang, Plano West Senior High 
  • Art Taychameekiatchai and Jason Zhang, Plano West Senior High 

US Extemporaneous Speaking

  • Anthony Jiang, Plano West Senior High
  • Elizabeth Khalilian, Plano West Senior High
  • Alternate: Ashwin Desai, Plano West Senior High