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Senior Vinesh Kannan Wins 2nd and 3rd Place in Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions Competitions

vinesh.jpgIMSA Senior Vinesh Kannan won 2nd place in the Extemporaneous Speaking category and 3rd in Impromptu Speaking at the Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions, which is considered the most prestigious and competitive tournament in the country.The tournament is exclusive to state speech finalists, and took place from May 1st to May 3rd at Northwestern University.

Vinesh was the only competitor to place in two different events, and his impressive results mark him as one of the best speakers in the country. His performances earned IMSA a third place team trophy, despite being the only student competing from the Academy.

Vinesh is Student Council President and also works to coach and support middle school students in speech and debate; he is pictured here speaking at the Midwest Suburban Consortium for Academic Excellence awards, given to middle school students who score well on the SAT or ACT.