UAIS teams look for a threepeat
UAIS teams look for a threepeat
Posted on 12/14/2017
Two photos of a group of students

Utica Academy for International Studies debate team is on its way to third state championship. 

The UAIS Debate team - defending two straight state titles - earned top awards recenly at the Michigan Interscholastic Forensics Association Debate State Championship at Wayne State University. Points for the overall state championship have not yet been released. 

In total, 30 UAIS debaters competing in two different forms of debate: Legislative and Public Forum (bottom picture).

In Legistlative Debate, UAIS had five Novice competitors and nine Varsity competitors. 

All five of the novice competitors made finals with four of them placing in the top 10. 

Final placements were: 

-3rd place-Lauren Pietryga, 
-5th place-Alex Hughes, 
-7th place-Sam Sinutko, 
-10th place-Jenna Alamat. 

Eight of the nine varsity competitors made the final round with with all eight placing in the top ten.

Final placements were: 

-8th place-Addi Soderberg, 
-7th place-Joey Kachachi, 
-6th place-Kylie Lynne, 
-5th place-Colin Solomon,
-3rd place-George Paul
-2nd place-Elina Arbo, 

Farah Afify was named the state champion. 
On the varsity Public Forum side, two teams had records of 4-1 in five rounds of preliminary competition and one had a perfect record of 5-0 .

The team of Patrick Pek & David Tambat were state semifinalists. Patrick Pek also finished as the Public Forum State Champion Speaker.