Steel the show

Waubonsie Valley Speech team competes at Joliet Central

by Sophia Morano

the Voice

speech-teamJOLIET- Waubonsie Valley Speech Team started their season off with a bang Saturday at Joliet Central’s second annual Steelman Season Starter. Senior Emily Friedman and junior Sophia Morano earned second and sixth place, respectively, in the category Special Occasion Speaking. In total, twelve students from Waubonsie competed in seven different categories such as Radio Speaking. Three of the team’s novices, junior Shreyaa Khanna, and freshmen Preethi Navalpakkam and Ananya Ram, also competed for the first time Saturday in their respective events Prose Reading, Poetry Reading, and Oratorical Declamation. As a team, Waubonsie scored 126 points and finished in eleventh place. Other schools at the tournament included Downers Grove South and Lemont. The Warriors hope to keep the momentum going as they get ready to compete next at the Wheaton North Technicolor Tournament Saturday, November 12. If you’re interested in joining the team, see Mrs. Crowley in room 103.

Here is the rest of the team and their category:

Arushi Panwar, 11, Impromptu Speaking

Rohit Asokan, 11, Informative Speaking

Maggie Lu, 11, Informative Speaking

Sarah Lu, 12, Oratorical Declamation

Ananya Ram, 9, Oratorical Declamation

Sophie Jerkatis, 12, Poetry Reading

Preethi Navalpakkam, 9, Poetry Reading

Shreyaa Khanna, 11, Prose Reading

JJ Kim, 11, Radio Speaking

Jeremy Cheng, 11, Radio Speaking

Emily Friedman, 12, Special Occasion Speaking

Sophia Morano, 11, Special Occasion Speaking



Pictured above: Row 1: Maggie Lu, Ashraya Sreedhar

Row 2: Sophia Morano, Preethi Navalpakkam, Shreyaa Khanna

Row 3: Ananya Ram, Sarah Lu, Emily Friedman, Jeremy Cheng, JJ Kim, Makenzie Mann, Arushi Panwar

Row 4: Sophie Jerkatis, Rohit Asokan)