The Westlake High School speech and debate team enjoyed a successful state tournament at Cincinnati Princeton. Over 1,000 students from 106 schools participated in the competition this year.
Bradley Katcher, Allyson Simon and Avi Kirpekar qualified for the state tournament after an excellent season with a winning record at the district tournament.
Bradley and Allyson were named octafinalists in the Public Forum Debate category. They placed eighth overall out of 65 teams in the preliminary rounds with a 5-1 record, then lost on a 2-1 decision in the octafinal round of the Top 16 teams in the state.
Avi Kirpekar was named a semifinalist in the Congressional Debate category. Avi, who only began competing in the Congress category in January, was among the 25 percent of students who advanced to the semifinalist round out of 192 students from around the state.