The Raymore City Council began their meeting Monday night with a presentation to Raymore-Peculiar High School student Andrea Ambam. Ambam competed in the 2014 National Speech and Debate tournament in Overland Park, Kan. and placed first in her event, Original Oratory.
Ambam was very excited and grateful to hear that she would have her own day in Raymore.
“I never in a million years, expected to ever have my own day,” Ambam said. “It’s very exciting and I’m just really grateful that the City of Raymore feels that I deserve it.”
Competitors in Original Oratory write, prepare, memorize, and present an eight-minute original speech about any topic they wish. Ambam is the first Ray-Pec student to win a National Speech and Debate tournament. This activity is also known as ‘forensics,’ or competitive acting.
Ambam has competed in forensics since her freshmen year in high school. In addition to Original Oratory, Ambam also competes in Dramatic Interpretation. Ambam is a very decorated competitor, as this was her third time competing in the national tournament. Ambam advanced to the semi-final round at last year’s tournament in Alabama, and placed 12th.
Ambam, who will be a senior this year, is very active in theatre at the high school. She has starred in several productions, including a lead role in last year’s fall musical, “Hello, Dolly!” Ambam will continue to compete in forensics this year, and hopes to make another appearance at the national tournament.