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Julia Thayer ’18 Earns Berth to World Debate Competition

Julia Thayer ’18

Julia Thayer ’18 has qualified for the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship, making her the second Stoneleigh-Burnham School student this school year to earn a berth on the U.S. Team. Up to two students per school can qualify.

Thayer qualified for the world competition during the International Independent Schools’ Competition (IISPSC) held Oct. 26-29 in Winnipeg, Canada. She joins Sophie Hathaway ’18 who previously qualified for the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship. The competition will be held in Cape Town, South Africa next spring. Last year, Hathaway also participated in the world competition, which was held in Sydney, Australia Read more about her experience here.

The following are the full results from IISPSC:

Hathaway made finals in two of her four events. She earned 12th out of 49 in Impromptu Speaking, 8th in After-Dinner Speech, and 9th in Dramatic Interpretation.

Thayer placed 19th in After-Dinner Speech, 18th in Radio Newscast, and 13th out of 58 in Interpretive Reading

Jacquline (Jax) Morgan ’19 placed 21st in After-Dinner and 28th out of 58 in Interpretive Reading.