This weekend, the Georgiana Hays Invitational hosted by Prospect High School culminated in a final round between Campolindo’s Shannon Bonet & Sharon Yuan and Evergreen Valley’s Mina Mohebbi & Bryant Tran. Negating the resolution, “Kritiks should be banned in high school parliamentary debate,” Bonet & Yuan won on a 3-0 decision. . .
The California High School Speech Association State Tournament at Arcadia High School on April 28 welcomed a field of impressive teams from around the state. After three days of debate the field was narrowed down to a final round between Los Altos’ Shirley Cheng & Spencer Dembner and Lowell’s Emily Hall & Frances Sutton. Cheng & Dembner negated. . .
Two years after reaching the final round at the OSAA Championship, Sprague’s Arika Harrison, now with a new partner in Kenneth Leja, finally claimed victory at state with a 3-0 win against Marist’s Emily Jewitt & Angela Agnew. Held annually at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, this year's OSAA Championship had a strong field of 43 teams this year. After four preliminary rounds, it took a 2-2 record. . .
Eight parliamentary debate partnerships begun the weekend facing off against each other in the Bruschke Invitational tournament, held at California State University Fullerton. Crescenta Valley/Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies hybrid Ray Alonso & Ruby Scanlon debated against Northwood High School’s William Choi & Cody Herman, who went undefeated in the preliminaries. Alonso & Scanlon affirmed the resolution. . .
Every year, the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions holds the General Assembly, a forum designed to allow competitors to discuss the state of Parliamentary Debate and air grievances about both the tournament and the activity. Much of the 2017 General Assembly revolved around discussing the bylaws needed to make POI a registered not-for-profit with a governing board and legislature. A recording will be provided. . .
On April 9, Westfield’s team of Benjamin Mione & Benjamin Small triumphed in a 3-0 decision over Shepaug Valley’s Matthew Marchese & Bianca Getzel at the 36th annual Rollin G. Osterweis Invitational, debating the motion, “This house believes that environmental groups should commit violent actions in pursuit of their aims." On the novice side, Amity’s Mounisha Anumolo & Kate Yuan were victorious over Jane Burdett & Doran Sekeran of Weston. . .
On the Southern California circuit, April 8th marked the annual return of the beloved Spartan Aloha Classic, with 58 schools attending and 27 parliamentary teams competing. The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies’ team of Ruby Scanlon & Jonathan Obeda defeated Redlands East Valley's Jonas Poggi & Angel Conchas in finals on a 2-1 decision to win the tournament. . .
On April 8th and 9th, debaters from around the country convened in Oakland for the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions. The tournament ended in a closeout, as Los Altos/Notre Dame’s Spencer Dembner & Lilly Hackworth secured their 11th championship this season alongside Los Altos' Shirley Cheng & Ryan Lee. After both prevailing on 3-0 decisions in their semifinals round, Dembner & Hackworth and Cheng & Lee became. . .