Laith Shakir Wins NFL Nationals

Following an outstanding final round of LD at the NFL Nationals Speech and Debate Tournament, Laith Shakir of Leland High School (CA) defeated Richard Shmikler of St. Louis Park High School (MN) on a 5-4 decision. Congratulations to both debaters!

1st – L193 Laith Shakir, Leland HS (CA) 

2nd – L200 Richard Shmikler, St. Louis Park HS (MN)

3rd – L108 Celisia Antonia Stanton, Robbinsdale Cooper HS (MN)

4th – L175 Miranda Rosen, Coronado HS (NV) 

5th – L207 Miriam Pritschet , Brainerd HS (MN)

6th – L199 Lawrence Zhou, Bartlesville HS (OK)

7th – L239 Jamis Barcott, Kamiak HS (WA) 

8th – L194 Samir Reddy, Brophy College Prep (AZ) 

9th – L301 Austin Cohen, Elk Lake HS (PA) 

10th – L237 Joe Hurley, Claremont HS (CA) 

11th – L140 Leonard Giarrano , Pine View School (FL)

12th – L284 Emma Sapat, Falmouth HS (ME) 

13th – L156 Peter McGahren, Regis HS (NY) 

14th – L254 Donovan Lemaster, Foster HS (TX) 

PS: Laith made history this year by being the FOURTH (!!!) member of his family to be in finals of NFL Nationals across four different events. Congratulations on this incredible feat!