The long anticipated 2018 Tournament of Champions (TOC) hosted by Ashland High School and the National Parliamentary Debate League (NPDL) culminated in a final round on Sunday night between Campolindo’s Kevin Deng & Krish Visht and Los Altos’s Ryan Lee & William Zeng. Campolindo emerged victorious on a 6-1 decision negating the resolution, “The United States Federal Government should prohibit non-medical vaccine exemptions for children. . .”
The annual General Assembly at the Tournament of Champions (TOC) took place in Ashland, Oregon in between preliminary and elimination rounds, per usual. For the first time, the forum coincided with a National Parliamentary Debate League (NPDL) meeting, leaving competitors to discuss equity issues without a tournament director present. . .
On March 23rd - 25th, the annual Santa Clara University Spring Philalethic Invitational ended in a closeout between Bentley's Ryan Booth & Devin Pracar and teammates Jeremy Hubinger & Irene Partsuf. Both teams won their semifinal rounds on split 2-1 ballot decisions. . .
The second Berkeley High School Invitational welcomed 58 teams into the Open division and 41 teams into Novice. Campolindo’s Shannon Bonet & Sharon Yuan emerged as the top seed after preliminary rounds as the only team with a 5-0 record. The tournament used a tiebreaker policy. . .
On February 18, the Vikings Invitational concluded at Irvington High School. The tournament featured five rounds that determined winning places. The champion team, Irvington’s Reetam Ganguli & Isha Sanghvi, finished with an undefeated record. Irvington’s Raisah Khan & Ashka Patel came second with the same record, and Berkeley’s Kai Burgmann & Cole McCann-Phillips subsequently followed with a 4-1 record. Within the novice division, Irvington closed out the top three places with Tanya Jain & Geetika Yelugoti. . .
On February 18th, a pool of 44 teams at the Cal Lutheran Invitational narrowed down to a final round between Bentley/Campolindo’s hybrid team of Devin Pracar & Krish Visht and iLEAD’s Matthew Alberti & Daniel Timor. Affirming the resolution, “The USFG should overhaul its healthcare system,” Pracar & Visht won the final round on a 3-0 decision. The Cal Lutheran Invitational is known for having topics that are policy-heavy. . .
On Saturday, February 24th, Campolindo's Kevin Deng & Krish Visht closed out with teammates Shannon Bonet & Sharon Yuan at the inaugural Nueva Parliamentary Invitational. Deng & Visht claimed 1st place and Bonet & Yuan took 2nd place as determined by speaker points from preliminary round seedings. . .
Affirming the resolution “The USFG should substantially reform its immigration system,” Prospect’s Novia Dattatri & Vikram Dattatri championed over Hood River Valley’s Mason Leavitt & Erick Lizama on a 3-0 decision at the the University of Oregon's Robert D. Clark Invitational. Both teams went undefeated throughout the four preliminary rounds, with Dattatri & Dattatri only dropping one ballot the entire tournament in their semifinals round. . .