Jefferson senior qualifies for national speech tournaments

Published on Apr 28, 2021
Bhavya Sivaram

Jefferson High School senior Bhavya Sivaram qualified to compete in humorous interpretation at two national speech tournaments: the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC), May 6-9 and the National Speech and Debate Association's (NSDA) National Tournament, June 14-18. Both tournaments will be held virtually.

Sivaram will perform the piece "Moonraker Madness" by Marissa Molchansky using her webcam at home. Other competitors and the judges will watch live performances using their own devices as well.

Sivaram qualified for the NIETOC Tournament by earning two bids through her placement at invitational tournaments throughout the season. She qualified for the NSDA Tournament by placing third in humorous at the Southern MN NSDA District Tournament in March. The top four students in each category advanced to the NSDA National Tournament.