Amari Ray Smith, 17, the son of Alvin and LaVette Smith, is a senior at Central Catholic High School (CCHS) and resides in Monroeville.
On April 17, Amari became second in the nation for Oral Interpretation at the University of Kentucky’s Tournament of Champions. Additionally, Amari became one of the first-ever finalists at the University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions representing Central Catholic High School, the New Pittsburgh Courier has learned.
On March 18, Amari competed at Bloomsburg University and won the title of Pennsylvania State Champion for Poetry Interpretation.
In January, Amari achieved the most speech competition points in Speech & Debate by a speech competitor during his four-year tenure at Central Catholic and the most points achieved in the school since 2016.
A four-year varsity letterman with the CCHS Forensic Society, Amari was awarded the 2022 Iron Man Award, and is the 2022-2023 Vice President of the CCHS Forensic Society.
In June, Amari will compete for the National Title of Programmed Oral Interpretation in Phoenix, Ariz.