On the Southern California circuit, April 8th marked the annual return of the beloved Spartan Aloha Classic, with 58 schools attending and 27 parliamentary teams competing.  The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies’ team of Ruby Scanlon & Jonathan Obeda defeated Redlands East Valley's Jonas Poggi & Angel Conchas in finals on a 2-1 decision to win the tournament. 

From left to right: LACES’ Jonathan Obeda & Ruby Scanlon and Redlands East Valley's Jonas Poggi and Angel Conchas. 

From left to right: LACES’ Jonathan Obeda & Ruby Scanlon and Redlands East Valley's Jonas Poggi and Angel Conchas. 

Debating the resolution, “This house believes that the USFG should significantly increase its non-military exploration of outer space," Scanlon & Obeda argued for the potential benefits of space mining, privatization of space travel, and the colonization of other planets.

The Spartan Aloha Classic is known as relaxing, and lived up to expectations. The tournament only had three preliminary rounds and broke to quarterfinals, encouraged colorful Hawaiian shirts as attire, allowed quadruple-entering in tournament events. 

The tournament did, however, have downsides, like oddly-worded resolutions, and difficult delays. After six teams did not show up at the start of the first round, instead of giving them losses, the tournament decided to rerun the rounds once competitors arrived, thus causing the tournament to fall behind.


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