September 17 marked the resolution of the Yale Invitational, considered one of the premier fall tournaments for high school speech and debate. St. Luke’s pair of Bilal Memon & Chloe Kekedjian triumphed in a 3-0 decision over Jennifer Huang & Jerry Yang of Ridge on the resolution “THBT the legal system should favor reasonable solutions. . .
Arguing against the resolution that “The United States federal government should recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation”, Los Altos’ Shirley Cheng & Ryan Lee, triumphed over Bishop O’Dowd’s Claudia Hester & Alden O’Rafferty to capture the Notre Dame Parliamentary Debate Warm-Up title this weekend. Both teams advanced to the elimination rounds with. . .
As the Point of Information non-profit transition process concludes, it's time to announce the newly elected board members for the 2017-2018 season. Trevor Greenan is a current student at UC Berkeley, where he has directed the student-run NPDA debate team, Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley, since 2015. Trevor competed in NPDA debate for three years on the team. . .
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. . .