The California High School Speech Association State Tournament at Arcadia High School on April 28 welcomed a field of impressive teams from around the state. After three days of debate the field was narrowed down to a final round between Los Altos’ Shirley Cheng & Spencer Dembner and Lowell’s Emily Hall & Frances Sutton. 

Spencer Dembner & Shirley Cheng pose with championship trophies. Image courtesy of Julie Herman. 

Spencer Dembner & Shirley Cheng pose with championship trophies. Image courtesy of Julie Herman. 

Negating the resolution, "Requiring college freshmen to declare a major stunts their educational development," Cheng & Dembner were victorious on a 4-1 decision over Lowell’s Hall & Sutton to win the tournament.

Entering the final round with an undefeated record, Cheng & Dembner defeated Evergreen’s Jwalin Joshi & Aditya Mehta in semifinals but received a bye in their quarterfinal round. Hall & Sutton triumphed over Sierra Canyon’s Aiden Faustina & Callum Kiser in quarterfinals and Campolindo’s Kevin Deng & Krish Visht in semifinals.

The 60th CHSSA Tournament featured the top California teams of each league, with each region represented by debaters who won their respective state qualifier tournaments. With debaters from each section of the state, the tournament had a total of 18 different schools in the parliamentary debate field spread across 48 teams. Operating under double-elimination after round one, the tournament field reduced quickly, then broke to standard elimination rounds with a partial-quarterfinal.


QUARTERFINALS
Lowell Emily Hall & Frances Sutton def. Sierra Canyon Aiden Faustina & Callum Kiser (2-1)
Evergreen Jwalin Joshi & Aditya Mehta def. Irvington Rishabh Meswani & William Yoo (3-0)
Los Altos Shirley Cheng & Spencer Dembner (BYE)
Campolindo Kevin Deng & Krish Visht (BYE)

SEMIFINALS
Lowell Hall & Sutton def. Campolindo Deng & Visht (5-0)
Los Altos Cheng & Dembner def. Evergreen Joshi & Mehta (5-0)

FINALS
Los Altos CD def. Lowell HS (4-1)


Our California correspondents are Shannon Bonet, who debates for Campolindo High School, and Emily Her, who debates for Dougherty Valley High School.