Speech and Debate Team

Speech and Debate Team

Dawn Zahorchak – Sponsor


The Speech and Debate Team is a student initiated club that develops the students’ skills in conducting effective research, developing logical, fluid and well-constructed arguments, and expanding knowledge of topics that are not often discussed in our everyday lives. Additionally, our mission is to encourage the critical analysis of topics in our world.

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Congratulations to freshman Lucas Deer who was awarded 4th Place in Congressional Debate at the Freshman-Sophomore Speech and Debate Invitational this past Saturday at Seton-La Salle High School. Two freshman students, Ellie Gurtner and Loran Ferrell, competed in prose and poetry for the first time.  Sophmore, Katie Dublin competed in Congressional Debate.  Great job North Hills Speech and Debate team.  Way to go team.

The NHHS speech and debate team will wrap up their Pittsburgh district season on May 12th at North Allegheny High School.

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Katie Dublin(sophomore), Ellie Gurtner (freshman), Nikolas Bartel (junior), Lucas Deer (freshman), Loran Ferrell (freshman), Michelle Do (senior)


picture of michelle do & nickolas bartelCongratulations to our NH Speech & Debate team at STATES.One of the true feel-good stories of this academic year just keeps getting better! From March 15th-17th, the North Hills H.S. Speech and Debate team traveled to the PHSSL-PA High School Speech and Debate Championships at Bloomsburg University. Over 500 students from over a 100 high schools across the state competed in 18 different events – Each was vying for the chance to be crowned state champion for the 2017-2018 season. North Hills High School  was represented by junior Nickolas Bartel (competing in Congressional Debate/Senate) and senior Michelle Do(competing in Poetry Interpretation). Both Nick and Michelle earned the right to attend the state tournament at the Pittsburgh qualifiers on February 24th. The students were accompanied to the state tournament by team sponsor Dawn Zahorchak and assistant coach Patrick Dickey.

Michelle was awarded 2nd place honors in Poetry Interpretation and Nick claimed 3rd place in Congressional Debate. This represents the first time that a North Hills student has competed in a final round at the state tournament in years.  Heartfelt congratulations to both Michelle and Nick – Their many hours invested of preparation and practice have culminated in a very special moment in the spotlight!

michelle do                                            nickolas bartel


4 speech debate student pictures z.neill, n. bartel, m. do, l. deerSaturday, Feb. 24th marked a significant milestone for the North Hills H.S. Speech and Debate team. At the PHSSL Pittsburgh district tournament, seven N.H.H.S. students competed for the opportunity to attend the PA speech and debate championships.  Junior Nickolas Bartel was awarded 3rd Place in Congressional Debate, while senior Michelle Do took 1st Place and was crowned district champion in Poetry Interpretation. Nick and Michelle both have earned the chance to compete for a state title in their respective events at the PHSSL state tournament to be held on March 16-17 at Bloomsburg University. Nick and Michelle will also be the first N.H.H.S. students to compete at the state tournament in years! Well done, team! #IndianPride

Pictured (L-R): Zach Neill, Nickolas Bartel, Michelle Do, Lucas Deer

Not pictured: Koby Polaski, Ethan Gentile, Byron Speer


speech debateNH Speech & 
Debate Team come out on top at their first tournament of the season. 

The NH Speech & Debate team participated in the Upper St. Clair Novice Tournament this past weekend.  This tournament had over 200 students competing from 24 different school districts.  Congratulations go to :

    • 3rd Place- Michelle Do for Prose
    • 1st Place- Nicholas Bartel for Congress
    • 2nd Place- Emma Margo for Poetry

Congratulations NH Speech & Debate Club!