Chelmsford High School Speech and Debate third at MSDL Final

CHS Speech and Debate Team Places Best-Ever Third at MSDL State Finals

Top five finish sees CHS Speech and Debate team receive Sweepstakes Award

CHELMSFORD, MA (Mar. 31, 2023) – Seniors Arjun Lingala and Prateek Motagi advanced to the semifinal and led the Chelmsford High School Speech and Debate Team to a third-place showing at the Massachusetts Speech and Debate League (MSDL) state final Mar. 24-25 at Acton-Boxborough H.S.

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The stellar finish marked the first time CHS received a Sweepstakes Award, presented to the top five schools. Seventeen CHS students participated in the MSDL state final, signifying CHS’s largest contingent ever.

Mr. Lingala and Mr. Motagi competed in the Public Forum Varsity division, for which the topic was ‘Resolved: The Republic of India Should Sign the Artemis Accords.’ Mr. Lingala and Mr. Motagi argued affirmatively.

Mr. Lingala and Mr. Motagi won five of their first six rounds entering the octo-final, where it defeated Keshav Warrier and William Wu of Acton-Boxborough. Along the way, Mr. Lingala and Mr. Motagi defeated teams from Manchester-Essex, Newton South, and Acton-Boxborough, before falling to Aria Shi/Rebecca Teng from Lincoln-Sudbury.

The team of freshmen Karen Khela and Akshat Pandey, which also argued affirmatively, advanced to the Public Forum Novice division quarterfinal, winning four of its first six rounds over teams from Concord-Carlisle, Newton South, and Acton-Boxborough. Ms. Khela and Mr. Pandey defeated Daniel Ding/Ayman Hamed from Newton South in the octo-final before falling to Suraj Chaudry/Tali Wachman, also of Newton South.

Other highlights included those of senior Rishi Ajmera, who won two rounds in the Lincoln-Douglas Varsity division; and freshmen Pranav Ajmera and Vinay Murugan, each of whom won two rounds in the Lincoln-Douglas Novice division.

CHS will host the Massachusetts Speech State Finals Saturday.


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