Meet the Team!

Dev is a rising senior at Solon HS in Ohio who has primarily competed in US Extemp for the last five years. He is a two-time OSDA State Champion, and in 2022, Dev finaled and placed fifth in the nation at the NSDA National Tournament. He is also a 2-time invitee to the MBA Round-Robin, a prestigious tournament for which only the top 16 competitors nationwide in Extemp are invited.

Vikram Sundaram

vikram@ohioextemp.org

Vikram is a rising senior at Solon High School who has participated in United States Extemp for the last five years. He is a two-time OSDA state finalist, receiving third and second place honors in 2021 and 2022, respectively. A two-time national qualifier, Vikram placed seventh in the nation in USX at the 2022 NSDA National Tournament. He is also President of the Solon Speech and Debate Team.

Pinak is a rising first-year at Cornell University who competed in International Extemporaneous Speaking for six years. He is a three-time state finalist, achieving consecutive ranks of sixth, fourth, and second in the state respectively. In addition, Pinak is a two-time National Qualifier and a 2022 National Quarterfinalist (Top 30).

Piyush Chitnis

piyush@ohioextemp.org

Piyush is a rising junior at Solon High School who has participated in United States Extemporaneous Speaking for the past four years. He is a two-time state qualifier, quarterfinaling in 2021 and placing fifth in 2022 at the OSDA State Tournament. In addition, he is a 2022 qualifier to the NSDA National Tournament.

Judges for OEI 2022

We pride ourselves on having the best possible judges in our tournament to give every student outstanding, useful feedback which will help propel their Extemporaneous Speaking careers! Each judge is an accomplished fellow Extemper, ensuring ballots are tailored for our students. Below is a list of the judges who have kindly volunteered their time for OEI 2022!

Praveen Kumar

Praveen is a rising first-year at Harvard University in Massachusetts and competed in United States Extemporaneous Speaking. In 2022, Praveen placed third in the state and semifinaled at the NSDA National Tournament (placing eleventh), and in 2021, he placed top 30 in the nation, came 4th in the state of Ohio, and earned 6 bids to the Tournament of Champions. Praveen was also the President of the Hawken School Speech and Debate team.

Mo Marks

Mo is a rising second-year at Simpson College in Iowa and primarily competed in Extemporaneous Speaking, although she has dabbled in many other events. She championed the 2020 MBA Round-Robin and finaled in 2019, won Impromptu in 2019 at NSDA Nationals, and is a nine-time Iowa State Champion.

Michelle Park

Michelle is a rising first-year at Stanford University in California who competed in International Extemporaneous Speaking. She was Solon High School's IX captain for 3 years. Last year, Michelle became the NSDA National runner-up in Prepared Commentary, and this year, she became a state champion and National Octafinalist (top 60) in International Extemporaneous speaking.

Former Judges

Below is a list of all former outside judges we have brought in as a thank you!

Vishal Sundaram

Vishal is a rising second-year at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. While in high school, Vishal competed in Extemporaneous Speaking and Congressional Debate at the state and national level. By the end of his speech and debate career, Vishal had amassed many awards, including an OSDA State Championship and an NSDA National Final Round appearance.

Matthew Visco

Matthew competed in United States Extemporaneous Speaking for Jackson High School and will be attending his second year at Carnegie Mellon University in the fall. His accomplishments include finishing 5th at the OSDA state tournament in 2020, winning the 2021 Bethel Park tournament, the 2021 Eastern Ohio District Championship in USX, and qualifying to the national tournament in both World Schools Debate and USX (where he finished top 60 in USX in 2021).