In-Person and International Success Stories!Apr 17, 2022
This week's Student Spotlight goes to Grace A-J. Grace A-J, a 6th grader from Ridgecrest and member of our Speech Nationals Team, addressed the PVPUSD Board of Education! She used her speaking skills to advocate directly for students, and we couldn't be more proud.
Public Speaking Tip: Supplement your practice with technology! ModernBrain has a partnership with Yoodli, the artificial intelligence public speaking app. It uses AI to give immediate feedback on pace, word choice, and volume. We're happy we can give our students both the top experts and the most cutting-edge tools to take their speaking to the next level.
We had success at the high school, college, and law school levels in Mock Trial.
- We helped one of UCLA Law School's mock trial teams, which took first place nationally at the American Association of Justice's Student Trial Advocacy Competition (here's a video of their championship round).
- We attended and helped host the International Mock Trial Round Robin competition, which featured volunteer judges from UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, MIT, the University of Toronto, Macalester College, USC, and Northwestern. Teams with multiple students we've coached placed, including Valley International Prep, which took 4th. River (outstanding attorney), Kalia (outstanding witness) and Billy (outstanding witness) took home individual awards.
We continued our clean sweep of the Professional Speech and Debate Association's monthly competitions.
- Ariel M. was 2nd in Elementary Acting.
- Kexin C. was 1st in Junior Acting.
- Krishnni was 1st in High School Acting.
- Jackson Torrele was 3rd in Elementary Public Address.
- Arshia was 1st in Junior Public Address.
- Krishnni was 2nd and Carl J. was 4th in High School Public Address.
- Emme was 1st, Anny was 2nd, Andrew was 3rd, and Evan was 4th in Elementary SPAR.
- Gavin was 1st, Giovanna was 2nd, and Jason was 3rd in Junior SPAR.
- Andrew was 1st in Elementary Impromptu.
- Jason was 1st in Junior Impromptu.
We returned to in-person competition at the Claremont Wolfcub tournament, where our team was named the FIRST PLACE SWEEPSTAKES CHAMPION.
- Oratory: Anna was 3rd place. Kexin was the elementary school CHAMPION.
- Impromptu: Jason was 2nd place. Yuqiao was the elementary school CHAMPION..
- SPAR: Luna was the middle school CHAMPION, Eric Z. was 2nd, Hannah K. was 3rd, Ulysses was 4th, and Isabella H. was 5th. William S. was the elementary school CHAMPION; Gloria H. was 2nd.
- Congress: Celine was the middle school CHAMPION, Luna was 2nd, Anna C. was 5th (and the elementary school CHAMPION), and Jeremy was 2nd Place for elementary.
- Public Forum: William S. and Eric Z. were 2nd. William was the 3rd Speaker; Eric was the 4th.
- Sweepstakes: Luna was the 1st place individual (Wolfcub Warrior) and ModernBrain was the 1st place team.