NMIS students shine in regional speech competition

By Press Release Posted on Mar 06 2015

Saipan Tribune


Northern Marianas International School students have their picture taken with their coaches and teachers after a successful NJFL event. (Contributed Photo)

Northern Marianas International School students once again showed their excellence in speech competition during the National Junior Speech & Debate Association regional competition.

The contest kicked off at Dandan Middle School on Feb. 21 and ended at Mt. Carmel School on Feb. 26-28, 2015.

NMIS had eight students that qualified in the regional competition and four of them grabbed major awards in different events.

The team of Myka Villegas and Deirdre Rosete won first place in Duo Interpretation. They will represent CNMI in the 2015 National Tournament to be held in Dallas, Texas, on June 16-19, 2015.

Maverick Irang won third place in Story Telling. Myka Villegas won second place in Original Oratory, while Christian Aldan won third place. Deirdre Rosete also won fourth place in Original Oratory and third in Poetry.

Also, Villegas and Rosete won first place in Duet Acting in the Junior International Thespian Society. They will represent the CNMI at the JITS Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, on the last week of June 2015.

The administration, faculty, and staff of NMIS wish to congratulate all the participants, parents, and their coach, Kathy Barja, for a job well done in this prestigious event.

The National Speech & Debate Association is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school, and collegiate students in the United States. The association provides competitive speech and debate activities, high quality resources, comprehensive training, scholarship opportunities, and advanced recognition to more than 130,000 students and coaches every year. For nearly 90 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has empowered more than 1.5 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society.

1st place Duo Interpretation
Myka Villegas
Deirdre Rosete

Original Oratory
2nd place, Myka Villegas
3rd place, Christian Aldan
4th place, Deirdre Rosete

Story Telling
3rd place, Maverick Irang

3rd place, Deirdre Rosete

Duo Semifinalist
Mikaela Vergara and Rejenmhay Jingco
Maverick Irang and Dondi Ferrer

Impromptu Speaking
Christian Aldan
Rio Ayu Shadow

Original Oratory Semifinalist
Rio Ayu Shadow

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