On Saturday, February 24th, Campolindo's Kevin Deng & Krish Visht closed out with teammates Shannon Bonet & Sharon Yuan at the inaugural Nueva Parliamentary Invitational. Deng & Visht claimed 1st place and Bonet & Yuan took 2nd place as determined by speaker points from preliminary round seedings.
With only 34 varsity teams and 30 junior varsity teams, Nueva witnessed a small turnout. The tournament ran on schedule, running back to back rounds between both divisions. Nueva featured five preliminary rounds for the varsity division, with hidden semifinals in the fifth preliminary round.
By the end of the 4th preliminary round, the top four seeded teams advanced to debate the hidden semifinals round. Deng & Visht walked over hybrid team Los Altos/Campolindo's Ryan Lee & Sophie Stankus, while Bonet & Yuan won their round against Los Altos's Tamur Asar & Javin Pombra on a 3-0 decision debating the resolution, "The USFG should give military aid to the YPG in Afrin." No final round was held due to Campolindo's closeout.
In varsity speaker awards, semifinalist Sophie Stankus claimed first place, while teammates Yuan and Visht secured second and third place.
Meanwhile, the junior varsity division held four preliminary rounds with three teams going undefeated. Crystal Springs Uplands' Phoebe Wong & Kyra Roepke claimed first seed, followed by Irvington's Sachi Goel & Shambhavi Thakur, and Los Altos's Nitin Kumar & Amir Tadros in second and third place.
Campolindo Shannon Bonet & Sharon Yuan def. Los Altos Tamur Asar & Javin Pombra (3-0)
Campolindo Kevin Deng & Krish Visht w/o Los Altos/Campolindo Ryan Lee & Sophie Stankus
Campolindo Bonet & Yuan C/O Campolindo Deng & Visht
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.