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Claire Lane ’16 Heads to World Debate Championship in Hong Kong

Claire LaneClaire Lane, an 11th grader at SBS, is eagerly preparing for her trip to Hong Kong as part of the U.S. team that will compete at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship on April 12. Claire received this prestigious invitation in January, making her he 14th Stoneleigh-Burnham student to compete at the world level (see full list here).

Claire has been a member of three first-place Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate & Public Speaking Society teams in her past two years. In addition, she attended Stoneleigh-Burnham’s summer debate camp, A Voice of Her Own, in which she was able to further develop her craft.

Dr. Paul Bassett, head coach of the SBS Debate & Public Speaking Society said he believes Lane was selected for the U.S. team because of the impressive body of work she has accomplished over the last two years, and “her tireless work ethic.”

Claire has been working closely with her two debate and public speaking coaches, Dr. Bassett and History Department Chair Karen Pleasant, to prepare for the World Championship. In Hong Kong, Claire will compete in four categories: Parliamentary Debate, in which she will be paired with someone she has never met, and then will have just 10 minutes with her partner to prepare an argument on an unknown topic; Impromptu Speaking; Interpretive Reading; and After-Dinner Speaking. As a stipulation of the championship, Claire will only be able to present work that has been developed since January 1, 2015.

Claire will be accompanied in Hong Kong by her mother, Karen Suchenski, SBS 8th grade Humanities teacher and coincidentally, a staff member of the school’s summer debate camp.

The entire SBS community wishes Claire the best of luck!