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Penn's Kulkarni qualifies for nationals

Penn High School wrapped up a strong showing in the Indiana High School Forensics Association season, qualifying seven students for the state finals.

Sanjana Kulkarni of Penn qualified for the National Speech and Debate Tournament to be held in Salt Lake City this June. She qualified in Informative Speaking.

Kulkarni is the first Penn student to qualify for this tournament in a speaking event in over 10 years. Most of Penn's National Qualifiers have been in the debate events.

Bryce Yoder highlighted the Penn showing at the state finals at Fishers High School on March 12 with a third place in the state finals in Original Performance.

Emma Tarkington reached the quarterfinal round in Declamation.

Penn’s state qualifier line-up featured:

Bryce Yoder, in Oral Interpretation of Poetry

Bryce Yoder in Original Performance

Sanjana Kulkarni in Original Oratory

Emma Tarkington in Declamation

Emmanuel Smith in Discussion

Mark Gindling in Humorous Interpretation

Rohit Das in International Extemporaneous Speaking.

"It has been a busy and productive end to a long season,” Penn High School Speech and Debate coach David Dutton said. “All of our team members have represented Penn well."