October 23rd marked the end of the 4th annual Bargain Belt Invitational, hosted by Claremont High School. Bargain Belt is a low-cost tournament run by Claremont with the goal of making the debate experience available to all teams.

This year, 46 schools competed in the tournament and 28 parliamentary teams competed to be the Bargain Belt parliamentary debate champions. Citrus Valley’s Silviu Andronescu & Lena Nguyen debated their way to the top, and secured themselves the first place position in parliamentary debate.

Left to Right: Citrus Valley's Silviu Andronescu & Lena Nguyen. Image courtesy of Connor Biggerstaff

Left to Right: Citrus Valley's Silviu Andronescu & Lena Nguyen. Image courtesy of Connor Biggerstaff

In finals, Andronescu & Nguyen defeated Bonita Vista’s Gilbert Neuner & Mary Talamantez in a 3-0 decision on the topic, “The United States Federal Government would support all colonization efforts to Mars."

On their way to the final round, Andronescu & Nguyen defeated La Canada’s Ravi Dashputre & Coleman Cornell in quarterfinals on a 2-1 decision and the previous year’s Bargain Belt champions, Claremont’s Georges Achy & Kavan Nakai, in semifinals on a 2-1 decision. Semifinals was a repeat of a previous matchup in the third preliminary round, in which Achy & Nakai won. 

Bonita Vista debaters ended the tournament with the top three speaker awards: Gilbert Neuner ended ranked first, followed by Danielle Bloom and Mary Talamantez. 


QUARTERFINALS

Bonita Vista Gilbert Neuner & Mary Talamantez def. Claremont Alex Abarca & Chaerim Kang

Claremont Georges Achy & Kavan Nakai def. Flintridge Prep Simon Siskel & Mahek Ahmad

La Canada Bryan Guan & Daniel Oh def. Bonita Vista Anthony Kolshorn & Danielle Bloom

Citrus Valley Silviu Andronescu & Lena Nguyen def. La Canada Ravi Dashputre & Coleman Cornell

SEMIFINALS

Bonita Vista Neuner & Talamantez def. La Canada Guan & Oh

Citrus Valley Andronescu & Nguyen def. Claremont Achy & Nakai

FINALS

Citrus Valley AN def. Bonita Vista NT



Our Southern California correspondents are Christina Patricia, who debates for Torrey Pines High School, and Kavan Nakai, who debates for Claremont High School.