Young authors David & Laura T. Lee (inspires others to write)

David T. Lee (14 year-old of 5 books, published a 4,500-word sci-fi at 7); Laura T. Lee (12 year-old of 2 novels, published a 62,000-word novel at 10)

Incredible Fall Kickoff Speech and Debate Tournament at Revere High School!

Written By: David T. Lee - Oct• 22•17

Yesterday, I participated in the Fall Kickoff Tournament at Revere High School! I competed as part of the Shrewsbury Speech and Debate Team and I entered in the Novice Extemporaneous Speaking category. In Extemporaneous Speaking (Extemp for short), competitors are given 30 minutes to research (without internet) one of three randomly drawn topics and 7 ½ minutes to deliver a speech on the topic. Competitions have 3 rounds with an extra round for finalists. While I stammered around a bit on my first round, my second and third rounds become progressively better.

My first topic was “What would be the economic impact of Massachusetts winning its bid for the new Amazon headquarters?”, my second topic was “Will Brexit force Theresa May’s exit?” and my third was “What will healthcare in America look like a year from now?” My strategy was to choose the topic that I already had lots of background knowledge on, then use my research to add some reputable sources to my speech. The end speech would have an introduction, three main points and a conclusion. During my speeches, I tried my best to not shift my weight and add a tone of confidence to my voice. The fact that there were only 7 contestants in the Novice Extemp category meant everyone would be a finalist, so I wasn’t too amazed that I made the final round.

When the final round commenced, I began to get a little more nervous than I was before. The topic I had chosen was “Will the use of private email accounts by Trump administration advisors weaken support for his presidency?” I immediately thought of two points: Russian collusion and comparison to Clinton’s use of emails. However, I hit a writer’s block (or was it speaker’s block?) when I tried to formulate a third point to my speech. With only about 10 minutes before I was to speak, I hastily wrote my third point (about loss of support from possible impeachment due to private emails) and hoped for the best. I stumbled slightly through my speech, but I thought I had delivered solidly.

It was time for the awards ceremony. All the novice extemp finalists came up on stage; the last-place finalist was announced first. I breathed a sigh of relief as the 7th-place winner was awarded … then another breath and another. I couldn’t believe my luck when the third-place winner was announced. By the time the second-place winner got their trophy, I realized that the first-place champion was me.

In addition, Shrewsbury High School won first place in the sweepstakes award, making us the top high school of the tournament!

Later on, when I got my judge’s comments from all four rounds back, I carefully observed what each judge had written. In the end, I knew I still had lots of room to grow, but I congratulated myself on a job well done.

Here are the photos.

Bye!

David 🙂

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

Revere Fall Kickoff Tournament

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2 Comments

  1. lukecaiex says:

    Congrats on winning!

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