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Public Speaking and Debate


"Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.” - Hubert H. Humphrey

Host Keerthi announces “Salutations from your favorite nerd extraordinaire, where youth debaters unite!” This program focuses on public speaking and debate. Keerthi shares the history of debate and also ways to overcome the fear of speaking in public. She interviews teen Allen Tovmasyan as he discusses the reasons why every high school student should consider competing in Speech and Debate , Allen draws on his own experiences as a competitor, recalling the many rounds he’s competed in and talks about the skills he learned that translated to aspects of his life. Allen emphasizes the importance of being an effective communicator. Both Keerthi and Allen believe that Speech and Debate can be a pathway towards a healthier self-image and can allow for students to explore their creative interests while having an audience willing to listen to them. Allen emphasizes the many friendships and connections that he’s gained from his time as a competitor and believes that anyone looking for a community will feel welcomed by the Speech and Debate community. British Keerthi makes an appearance to give her input on how to poke holes and expose flaws in your opponent's arguments,

Bio: Allen Tovmasyan

Allen Tovmasyan is a graduating senior from Jesuit High School who’s had a decorated career in Speech and Debate. He has placed in various invitational tournaments such as the Stanford Invitational and Berkeley Debate Invitational. Tovmasyan is a 3x Nationals Qualifier and is currently ranked in the top 10 of the Capitol Valley Forensics League.

Tovmasyan’s other passions lie in the medical field where he’s published work advocating for changes within our public health and healthcare systems to better defend the population against diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Heart Failure. His work has been published by Humanities+ and has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Student Research.

Allen’s other hobbies include watching basketball, following the stock market, and admiring cars.

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