BY NANCY JUNG
The second major invitational of the SoCal season was Cal State Fullerton's Annual Speech and Debate Tournament, taking place over the course of three days on the college’s campus.
NorCal team Sonoma Academy’s Jack Greenberg and Liam Kolling took took home the champion title by defeating Peninsula's Woodrow Davidson and Sean Furuta on a 3-0 decision on the resolution, "The United States should establish a nationwide tax on carbon emissions."
The tournament was run on a double flight system, and its pool shrank from 35 to 33 teams, resulting in the tournament breaking 48% of its field to octafinals, instead of the previously anticipated quarterfinals break. Despite the smaller field, it was one that presented quality, rather than quantity, with several strong teams and individual debaters, as mentioned in the pre-tournament analysis.
Notably, Claire Ernst from Windsor won the first place speaker award with 174.2 points, Kalyani Ramadurgam from Torrey Pines took home the second speaker award with 173.5 points, and Ahsan Usmani from Oxford nearly tied with Ramadurgam with 173.4 points, thus winning the third speaker award.
Oxford Nathan Hwangbo & Ahsan Usmani def. Citrus Valley Lena Nguyen & Ashley Samaan
Peninsula Davidson & Furuta def. Chaminade Noelle Johnson & Jeremy Marsh
iLEAD North Hollywood Kate Farwell & Chad Gasman def. Flintridge Preparatory Brendan Ashworth & Theodore Jaffrey
Carlsbad Caroline Allen & Yosuf Hashmi def. Windsor Christophe Davis & JP Escarcega
Bishop O'Dowd Shawn Cunningham & Sophia Yau-Weeks def. Sonoma Academy Jake Haas & Maxx Marian
Sonoma Academy Greenberg & Kolling def. Windsor Claire Ernst & Anna Skarr
Citrus Valley Silviu Andronescu & Daniel Gutierrez def. Los Osos Derek Lui & Ryan Nam
Carlsbad Alex DeTaboada & Chad Hamner def. El Modena Arman Ghafari & Rachael Helflich
Peninsula DF def. Oxford Hwangbo & Usmani
iLEAD North Hollywood GF def. Carlsbad Allen & Hashmi
Sonoma GK def. Bishop O’Dowd Cunningham & Yau-Weeks
Carlsbad DeTaboada & Hamner def. Citrus Valley Andronescu & Gutierrez
Peninsula DF def. iLEAD North Hollywood GF
Sonoma GK def. Carlsbad DH
Sonoma GK def. Peninsula DF