This weekend at the Santa Clara University Dempsey Cronin Invitational, Los Altos's Alex Wong & William Zeng defeated Campolindo’s David Gomez-Siu & Sophie Stankus in the final round. Negating the topic “The USFG should pass the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2017 (H.R. 1784),” Wong & Zeng won on a 2-1 decision. 

(left to right) Zeng, Wong, Gomez Siu, Stankus pose after finals round 

(left to right) Zeng, Wong, Gomez Siu, Stankus pose after finals round 

The tournament was greeted by 104 open teams and 89 novice teams. Rounds were double flighted; varsity debated during flight one of each round while novice debated in flight two. In addition to parliamentary debate, competitors also had the option to double-enter in other speech and debate events. 

Like last year, the open division allowed 32 teams to break to double-octofinals — an improvement from previous tournaments. The top open speaker was Campolindo’s Krish Visht, who dropped in semifinals to Zeng & Wong. Second and third place speakers were awarded to Bentley’s Jeremy Hubinger and partner Irene Partsuf respectively. 

In the novice division, 16 teams broke to an even octofinals elimination round. In the final novice round, Bishop O’Dowd’s Paulna Harding & Gratia O’Rafferty defeated Menlo-Atherton's Elley Goldberg & Misha Kulshresta on a 3-0 decision. 

In novice speaker awards, first place was awarded to Wilcox's Bilal Malikand. In addition to claiming the novice championship, Paulna Harding won second speaker. Third speaker was awarded to Wilcox's Nabeel Sbzwari. 


OCTOFINALS

Campolindo Kevin Deng & Krish Visht def. Irvington Reetam Ganguli & Isha Sanghvi (3-0) 

Campolindo David Gomez-Siu & Sophie Stankus def. Menlo-Atherton Scott Macdonald & Alex Waitz (3-0) 

Menlo-Atherton Mani Sehgal & Chris Ikonomou def. Claremont Alex Abarca & Angelo Thomas (3-0) 

Evergreen Valley Anirudh Mani & Janav Sharma def. Nueva Ben Cheng & Robby Voorhis (2-1) 

Los Altos William Zeng & Alex Wong def. Bentley Irene Partsuf & Jeremy Hubinger (3-0) 

Claremont Sanjar Junisbai & Ashton Ngiam def. Evergreen Valley Jwalin Joshi & Aditya Mehta (2-1) 

Los Altos Javin Pombra & Danny Vesurai def. Leland Josef Schmuelling & Kevin Wang (3-0) 

Club Parli Jessica Zhu & Thomas Li def. Irvington Shivangi Gupta & Rachel Kavalakatt (2-1) 

 

QUARTERFINALS

Campolindo Kevin Deng & Krish Visht def. Club Parli Jessica Zhu & Thomas Li (3-0) 

Campolindo Gomez-Siu & Sophie Stankus def. Los Altos Javin Pombra & Danny Vesurai (2-1) 

Menlo-Atherton Mani Sehgal & Chris Ikonomou def. Evergreen Valley Anirudh Mani & Janav Sharma (3-0) 

Los Altos William Zeng & Alex Wong def. Claremont Sanjar Junisbai & Ashton Ngiam (2-1) 

 

SEMIFINALS

Campolindo Gomez-Siu & Sophie Stankus def. Menlo-Atherton Mani Sehgal & Chris Ikonomou (2-1) 

Los Altos William Zeng & Alex Wong def. Campolindo Kevin Deng & Krish Visht (2-1) 

 

FINALS

Los Altos William Zeng & Alex Wong def.  Campolindo Gomez-Siu & Sophie Stankus (2-1)


Results can be found here. 


Our Northern California correspondents are Emily Her, who competes for Dougherty Valley High School, and Anoushka Singal, who competes for Irvington High School.