Oakville students shine at speech competition

Oakville High Schools award-winning debate team. Pictured, from left, are: Tad Bast, Ryan Westwood, Ellie Sona, Coach Ed Taylor, Olivia Rauls, Emma Sona, Shaun Lamar and Aaron Mohabbat.

Oakville High School’s award-winning debate team. Pictured, from left, are: Tad Bast, Ryan Westwood, Ellie Sona, Coach Ed Taylor, Olivia Rauls, Emma Sona, Shaun Lamar and Aaron Mohabbat.

Oakville Senior High School’s Speech and Debate team recently participated in the Eastern Missouri District of the National Speech and Debate Association, or NSDA, Tournament that featured four styles of debate and six styles of speech.

More than 400 students from over 34 schools competed for 40 slots to the NSDA National Tournament that will take place in June in Dallas, Texas. Of the 100 students competing in congressional debate, five advanced to the nationals, including two from Oakville — Ellie Sona from one of three House chambers and Emma Sona from the Senate.

Shaun Lamar took second in his House and is first alternate to nationals. Based on overall performance, Oakville captured the Congressional Debate Sweepstakes. Pictured, from left, are: Tad Bast, Ryan Westwood, Ellie Sona, Coach Ed Taylor, Olivia Rauls, Emma Sona, Shaun Lamar and Aaron Mohabbat.