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24 BASIS Charter School Students Competing at Speech & Debate Nationals


Over the last weekend in March 2023, many BASIS Charter School students participated in the National Speech & Debate Association’s qualifying tournament in Arizona. Hundreds of students from across the state competed, and we are proud to announce that BASIS Charter School students made up over one-third of all qualifying entries in the state, earning a chance to participate in Nationals this summer.

The National Speech & Debate Tournament is billed as the largest academic competition in the country, with over 6,000 high school students gathering to compete. This year, the National Speech & Debate Tournament will be held right here in the Phoenix Valley from June 11, 2023 through June 16, 2023.

This is a great opportunity for our students to test their skills and go up against the best speech and debate students from around the nation. The skills students learn by participating in speech and debate will help them throughout their lifetime, and we are incredibly proud of all of our students who earned a spot to compete on the biggest stage. Congratulations to all, and best of luck!

Below is a list of all the BASIS Charter School students who will be competing, along with the respective event they will be participating in.

BASIS Chandler 

  • Raiyan C. & Arjun C. – Public Forum 

BASIS Phoenix

  • Allison Y. – Informative Speaking 
  • Juliana L. – Program Oral Interpretation 

BASIS Scottsdale

  • Sruti P.- International Extemporization  
  • Wendy G. – Congress 
  • Tristan C. – Big Questions 

BASIS Peoria

  • Shraddha D. – Original Oratory 
  • Avni C. – Original Oratory 
  • Mikha K. – Humorous Interpretation 
  • Ariam A. – Dramatic Interpretation 
  • Ian M. & Zack G. – Duo Interpretation 
  • Sriya R. & Sayuri C. – Duo Interpretation 
  • Jad C. & Kinan C. – Duo Interpretation 
  • Sudeep V. & Rejul G. – Public Forum 
  • James K. & Dens S. – Policy Debate 
  • Philimon Y.- Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Ajay T. – International Extemporization
  • Avi A. – Big Questions 

To learn more about the BASIS Charter School locations referenced above, click on the school name! To see what else our students have been up to lately, check out the Student Accomplishments section of our blog.

Amy Licht
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