2024 NSDA National Champions: ModernBrain

awards debate speech Jun 22, 2024

We are thrilled to announce the remarkable achievements of our students at the recent National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Championship. Their dedication, hard work, and unwavering commitment to excellence have paid off, and we couldn't be prouder.

Here's a highlight of their incredible performances. We've spotlighted students to show how much work it takes to excel.

National Champions in Policy Debate: Charlie Pan and James Pan (Palos Verdes Intermediate)

Charlie and James Pan, brothers from Palos Verdes Intermediate, have made history by becoming the National Champions in Policy Debate. James, who also clinched the championship title at the Middle School Tournament of Champions, participated in 15 tournaments this year, while Charlie competed in 12. Their synergy and expertise have set a new standard in Policy Debate.

National Champion in Program Oral Interpretation (POI): Natalie Hong (Parks)

Natalie Hong from Parks emerged as the National Champion in Program Oral Interpretation (POI), secured 2nd place in Poetry, 4th in Informative, and reached the semifinals in Storytelling. Natalie's achievements extend to being the California state champion in both Poetry and POI, solidifying her status as a versatile and outstanding performer.

Semifinalists in Policy Debate: Hans Chen and William Lin (Sierra Vista)

Hans Chen and William Lin from Sierra Vista showcased exceptional talent by reaching the semifinals in Policy Debate. Hans was honored as the 3rd best speaker, and William secured the 6th speaker position. Hans attended 13 tournaments, and William participated in 10, demonstrating their consistent performance and dedication.

Exceptional Performance in Impromptu: Daniel Lu (Turtle Rock)

Daniel Lu, a fifth grader from Turtle Rock, made history by placing 4th in Impromptu, one of the highest placements ever achieved by an elementary school student in the NSDA. Daniel participated in an astounding 23 contests this year, earning the state champion and Tournament of Champions (TOC) titles in Impromptu.

Semifinalist in Extemporaneous Speaking: Avelyn Jing (Harker)

Avelyn Jing from Harker excelled as a semifinalist in Extemporaneous Speaking. As a seventh grader, Avelyn participated in 20 contests and claimed the state champion and TOC champion titles in Extemp, showcasing her prowess and dedication to the craft.

Quarterfinalist in Impromptu: Gloria He (Turtle Rock)

Gloria He, a sixth grader from Turtle Rock, reached the quarterfinals in Impromptu. Gloria's participation in 17 different contests this year highlights her commitment and exceptional ability in the art of impromptu speaking.

These achievements are a testament to the hard work and perseverance of our students. Excellence is not an act but a habit, and these young champions have embodied this philosophy through their relentless practice and dedication.

As the #1 academy in the country, we are committed to fostering these lifelong habits in our students. We extend our gratitude to the school coaches, administrators, and parents who play a pivotal role in empowering our students. It truly takes a village to raise a champion.

Congratulations to all our students on their phenomenal success! Your achievements inspire us all and set a shining example for future champions.

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