Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Speech & Debate Team Competes in Five Tournaments Over 2 Weekends

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy members of the speech & debate team competed in a total of Five different tournaments over two weekends. Thanks to the magic of asynchronous and online competitions, FSHA team members were able to compete in simultaneous tournaments.


Kana Park ’23 qualified for the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions aka NIETOC (in Houston, TX on May 12-15) after she won her Second and Third Bids this weekend! Kana placed 2nd in Original Oratory at the RiverHawk Invitational and 2nd in Original Oratory at the MASQ Invitational. Both tournaments are nationally recognized NIETOC bid tournaments with participants from across the country.

Kana was joined in the asynchronous Riverhawk Invitational by Michelle Zhou ’22 (4th place in Open Impromptu), Gaby Gamboa ’25 (1st place Novice Impromptu) and Charlotte Zhong ’24 who did not place in Informative but impressed judges as they recognized how brave and difficult it is to compete in a language that is not one’s home language.

Kana, Gaby and Lena Hwang ’23 also competed in our first League in-person tournament of the school year last Saturday. Over 350 students from 15 schools competed at this tournament. Kana placed 5th in Impromptu and our team won first place Sweepstakes in the Division.


NSDA Capstone Tournament – In Open (Novice & Varsity) Public Forum Debate:
Ella Wilemon ’25 / Tyler Frey ’25
Audrey de Groot ’24 / Carissa Klaus ’24
La Costa Canyon Winter Classic – In Varsity Public Forum Debate
Sae Zhang ’23 / Isabella Zirn ’23

FSHA thanks Bret Noble, Mrs. Sang Park (Kana Park’s mom) and alums Meg Kalaw ’20 and Jocelle Lauron ’20 who judged on behalf of the team over the last two weekends.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 440 Saint Katherine Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, (626) 685-8500 or visit www.fsha.org.






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