March 6, 2014—Congratulations to Mentor High School student Russell Catania, who won our district’s first ever Speech & Debate state championship title over the weekend at the OHSSL State Tournament in Youngstown. It is an impressive accomplishment to qualify for the state tournament, let alone win!
More than 800 students competed in the tournament representing 74 high schools from across the state in an array of events. Russell won the Oratorical Interpretation event, where a student is asked to recreate the feelings, tone and emotions of a speech as when it was delivered by the original author. Russell chose a speech called Advice from a Kid with a Wooden Leg, and he delivered it beautifully to earn the championship.
Additionally, three of Russell’s Mentor High School teammates also qualified for the OHSSL State Tournament, Nina Ruhe, Dominic Oddo and Will Kline. They each competed in the Student Congress event. In this event, students act as lawmakers and debate the pros and cons of proposed legislation.
Great job to these four students and their coach, Mrs. Roediger!