By Scott Brown

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Ramsay High School students, Jennifer Moore and Sydney Page, are selected to represent Birmingham and the state of Alabama at the upcoming National Debate Championship in Kansas City.

Competing as a pair, SpeakFirst debaters Jennifer Moore and Sydney Page achieved key wins at area tournaments in January and February of 2010, bringing the team its first tournament wins in its six year history.

Along with other team members, that same pair of Ramsay High School seniors went on to achieve additional victories at a March Regional Tournament, victories that secured SpeakFirst’s place as one of only four teams from Alabama chosen to represent the state at the upcoming National Debate Championship to be held June 14th-June 18th in Kansas City.

SpeakFirst students, representing Birmingham City Schools, practice three hours a day, three days a week, and compete in monthly tournaments across the southeast. In securing their position at nationals, the SpeakFirst team competed against a wide range of schools across Alabama, including Mountain Brook, Homewood,Vestavia Hills, Altamont, St. James School, Montgomery Academy, the Randolph School, and others.