Ronan MacRunnels State Champion for Second Year In a Row
Are you experiencing deja vu? Yes! You did read about St. Raymond alum, Ronan MacRunnels, placing first in Expository Speech in the California State Forensics Championships last year, and he's done it again! Ronan recently competed against the top 60 students from across California who were the finalists from their regions, with the regional competitions involving thousands of high school students. As last year's champion, all eyes were on him, but the additional pressure of defending his title didn't seem to bother Ronan.
This annual competition is put on by the California High School Speech Association (CHSSA). CHSSA offers a wide variety of resources for teachers, students, and the community to use in support of speech education and competition for high school students in California. The Expository Speech portion of the competition is basically like a Ted Talk. The judges score the speaker on items such as content, research, visual aids, delivery, and humor. Ronan chose to talk about intelligence. He took a position against the use of just SAT scores and AP tests as a measure of intelligence. He highlighted the importance of EQ (Emotional Quotient) and CQ (Creative Quotient) and many other aspects of the brain, and challenged the tendency that he feels exists in society today to judge intelligence by gender, race or even creed.
Ronan, completing his junior year at Bellarmine, not only participates on the varsity Forensics team, which is an intense, time consuming activity, but also plays on the varsity volleyball team, excels in academics and maintains a balance with his social life. Ronan will be representing Bellarmine and the state of California at the National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in June. We are so proud of Ronan, and wish him the best of luck in the National Championships!