Freshmen compete in first Speech and Debate event

Hillsborough’s Speech and Debate team had its freshmen members compete in their first event at Newsome High School on Dec. 7. Sophomore Anika Balaraju won second in Original Oratory, sophomore Lauren Novorska won third in Extemporaneous Speaking, senior Hirsh Kabaria won second in the Lincoln Douglas Debate and senior Amanda Majchrzak won second in Dramatic Interpretation. Fifteen other schools competed at the event as well.

Freshman Lily Taylor, who created a bill to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to to $10, spoke about a federal flat tax, withdrawing troops from Syria and resolving the use of torture. “I was kind of worried that I would mess up or say the wrong thing, but I think it went okay, and I’ll hopefully improve,” she said.

Balaraju’s TED-talk earned her second place in Original Oratory. The speech titled “I am not your Asian stereotype,” was originally spoken by Canwen Xu. “It was about the author’s experience about growing up Chinese American in the United States” Balaraju said.

Novorska placed third in Extemporaneous Speaking, an event in which a person has limited time for research and must come up with original analysis for the information collected. She did that for four different topics on both domestic and foreign issues.