Sophia Roy Chelmsford High School Speech and Debate

In Prep for Nationals, CHS Sophomore Sophia Roy Takes First in Informative Speaking at MSDL Final

Ms. Roy also earns third place in Declamation Speaking; NSDA Final June 11-16

CHELMSFORD, MA (Apr. 11, 2023) – Sophomore Sophia Roy shined with first place and third-place plaques to lead the host Chelmsford High School Speech and Debate Team at the Massachusetts Speech and Debate League (MSDL) Final Saturday, Apr. 1.

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Ms. Roy placed first in the category of Informative Speaking, in which a student explains, describes and informs an audience on a particular subject; and third in Declamation Speaking, in which a student delivers a speech written and spoken by a second party.

Ms. Roy’s effort at the MSDL Final follows a stellar result at the New England District Speech and Debate Tournament Feb. 3-4 when her speech, ‘I Heel Sexy,’ detailing the history of high heels, booked her place at the National Speech and Debate Association (NDSA) National Tournament in Phoenix and Mesa, Ariz., June 11-16.

Ms. Roy placed first in Informative Speaking with her delivery of ‘It Takes Guts,’ which addresses the organ shortage crisis in America. “I was super excited getting first in Informative (Speaking), because I really have put my heart and soul into it,” she said. “It’s my main event, and I really love sharing the speech community topics I’m passionate about, especially science.

“I changed my topic because I wanted it to be more impactful for when I go to nationals in June,” she added. “Now I talk about the history of organ transplants and some reasons why we are experiencing a shortage of organs in America.”

In the Declamation Speaking competition, Ms. Roy placed third for her delivery of the Robin Hauser Ted Talk, ‘The Likability Dilemma Women Leaders,’ which addresses why strong women can be viewed as neither likable nor competent. She finished behind only Paul Mahoney of Catholic Memorial and Adele Fuzaylov of Shrewsbury.

Ms. Roy is currently preparing for the NDSA National Tournament where she will compete in the categories of Informative Speaking and Expository Speaking.


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