Shannon Bonet

Campolindo Conquers TOC Championship

The long anticipated 2018 Tournament of Champions (TOC) hosted by Ashland High School and the National Parliamentary Debate League (NPDL) culminated in a final round on Sunday night between Campolindo’s Kevin Deng & Krish Visht and Los Altos’s Ryan Lee & William Zeng. Campolindo emerged victorious on a 6-1 decision negating the resolution, “The United States Federal Government should prohibit non-medical vaccine exemptions for children. . .”

Shannon Bonet
Campolindo Conquers TOC Championship
Hannah Doyle

Cleveland Champions at Oregon State

The parliamentary debate season in Oregon ended with a final round between Cleveland's Henry Hawking & Quinn Samoulidis and Southridge's Jakob Hollenbeck & Joey Miller— two teams that have dominated the Oregon circuit for the season's duration. Negating the resolution, “This House would take action to preserve the student’s right to protest ought to be protected,” Cleveland took the win on a 2-1 split decision, after many laughs about the resolution's grammar. Both teams were undefeated during preliminary rounds. . .

Hannah Doyle
Cleveland Champions at Oregon State
Anoushka Singal

Bentley Closes Out SCU Spring Philalethic Invitational

On March 23rd - 25th, the annual Santa Clara University Spring Philalethic Invitational ended in a closeout between Bentley's Ryan Booth & Devin Pracar and teammates Jeremy Hubinger & Irene Partsuf. Both teams won their semifinal rounds on split 2-1 ballot decisions. . .

Anoushka Singal
Bentley Closes Out SCU Spring Philalethic Invitational
Sierra Maciorowski

Campolindo and Los Altos take Berkeley High

The second Berkeley High School Invitational welcomed 58 teams into the Open division and 41 teams into Novice. Campolindo’s Shannon Bonet & Sharon Yuan emerged as the top seed after preliminary rounds as the only team with a 5-0 record. The tournament used a tiebreaker policy. . . 

Sierra Maciorowski
Campolindo and Los Altos take Berkeley High
Emily Her

Irvington Takes Home Vikings Invitational

On February 18, the Vikings Invitational concluded at Irvington High School. The tournament featured five rounds that determined winning places. The champion team, Irvington’s Reetam Ganguli & Isha Sanghvi, finished with an undefeated record. Irvington’s Raisah Khan & Ashka Patel came second with the same record, and Berkeley’s Kai Burgmann & Cole McCann-Phillips subsequently followed with a 4-1 record. Within the novice division, Irvington closed out the top three places with Tanya Jain & Geetika Yelugoti. . . 

Emily Her
Irvington Takes Home Vikings Invitational
Ryan Nam

Bentley/Campolindo Claims Cal Lutheran Invitational

On February 18th, a pool of 44 teams at the Cal Lutheran Invitational narrowed down to a final round between Bentley/Campolindo’s hybrid team of Devin Pracar & Krish Visht and iLEAD’s Matthew Alberti & Daniel Timor. Affirming the resolution, “The USFG should overhaul its healthcare system,” Pracar & Visht won the final round on a 3-0 decision. The Cal Lutheran Invitational is known for having topics that are policy-heavy. . . 

Ryan Nam
Bentley/Campolindo Claims Cal Lutheran Invitational
Anoushka Singal

Campolindo Sweeps Nueva Invitational

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. . . 

Anoushka Singal
Campolindo Sweeps Nueva Invitational
Hannah Doyle

Prospect Triumphs at Robert D. Clark Invitational

Affirming the resolution “The USFG should substantially reform its immigration system,” Prospect’s Novia Dattatri & Vikram Dattatri championed over Hood River Valley’s Mason Leavitt & Erick Lizama on a 3-0 decision at the the University of Oregon's Robert D. Clark Invitational. Both teams went undefeated throughout the four preliminary rounds, with Dattatri & Dattatri only dropping one ballot the entire tournament in their semifinals round. . . 

Hannah Doyle
Prospect Triumphs at Robert D. Clark Invitational
Gabriel Graville

Cleveland Dominates Grant's Pass

The weekend of February 17th, Grants Pass High School hosted the Logan Will invitational.  With a total of 48 entries in parliamentary debate, Logan Will was one of the largest tournaments of the year for the Oregon circuit. The tournament had 3 prelim rounds and a hidden semifinals, and culminated in a final round between Cleveland’s Quinn Samouilidis & Henry Hawking and St. Mary's Sean Hicks & Kristian Walker. Samoulidis & Hawking won on a 3-0 decision, affirming the resolution that "The media’s right. . . 

Gabriel Graville
Cleveland Dominates Grant's Pass
Shannon Bonet

Los Altos Takes Stanford

On February 12th, the 32nd annual Stanford Invitational culminated in a final round between Los Altos's Jodie Bhattacharya & Javin Pombra and Ashland's Sarah Aaronson & Annika Larson. Affirming the resolution, “The USFG should nationalize the Ivy League and other elite academic institutions,” Bhattacharya & Pombra triumphed over Aaronson & Larson on a split 2-1 decision . . . 

Shannon Bonet
Los Altos Takes Stanford
Sierra Maciorowski

Campolindo Continues to Dominate at Stephen Stewart

The second annual Stephen Stewart Invitational at Milpitas High School came to a close on Sunday, January 28th. Following up from their appearance in octofinals at the tournament in 2017, Campolindo’s Kevin Deng & Krish Visht won this year over Los Altos’s Shirley Cheng & William Zeng on a 2-1 decision. Campolindo negated the final resolution, that “The USFG should substantially increase its military presence in and around the Sea of Japan". . . 

Sierra Maciorowski
Campolindo Continues to Dominate at Stephen Stewart
Sierra Maciorowski

Wilton Triumphs at Inaugural Ivy League Invitational

84 debaters from twelve schools converged on the campus of Columbia University in the city of New York for a two day tournament this past weekend. Of the twelve schools, ten were either private schools or magnet schools but at the tournaments conclusion it was the two public schools in the field who came out on top. Wilton’s pair of Davis Langhoff. . . 

Sierra Maciorowski
Wilton Triumphs at Inaugural Ivy League Invitational
Gabriel Graville

Sandy and Southridge Succeed at McMinnville High School Invitational

The McMinnville High School Invitational took place on January 27th. After three preliminary rounds, four teams broke to semifinals to earn qualifying legs to the OSAA state tournament. Like many other tournaments in Oregon this year, McMinnville did not break to a final round, choosing to instead prioritize a semifinal round to earn offer state-qualifying legs to as many teams as possible. It took a 3-0 record and high opposition strength. . . 

Gabriel Graville
Sandy and Southridge Succeed at McMinnville High School Invitational
Mira Ogawa

Bishop O'Dowd Claims the First Annual Peninsula Invitational

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School hosted its first National Circuit tournament on the weekend of January 19th. In the final round, Bishop O’Dowd’s Claudia Hester & Alden O’Rafferty defeated ILEAD’s Sierra Horvath & Jackson Paluck affirming the resolution “The USFG should legalize physician assisted suicide" . . . 

Mira Ogawa
Bishop O'Dowd Claims the First Annual Peninsula Invitational
Mira Ogawa

ILEAD, New Roads, and Global Prep Academy Undefeated at the I Have a Dream Classic

At the 16th annual I Have a Dream Classic, held at Monroe High School, four teams finished the three rounds undefeated: New Roads' Nolan Windham & Ben Wasson, Global Prep Academy's Cassidy Bensko & Joelle Min, iLead's Brady Hagen & Sean Rogers, Global Prep Academy's Chretien Lu & Layla Albruzzo, and New Roads' Sean Grey & Kiran Baez. Each of the three rounds was based on a fact or value resolution. The tournament style and resolutions. . .

Mira Ogawa
ILEAD, New Roads, and Global Prep Academy Undefeated at the I Have a Dream Classic
Gabriel Graville

Southridge victorious at Hap Hingston Invitational

On January 12th and 13th, Pacific University hosted its annual debate tournament, the Hap Hingston invitational. Taking place in Forest Grove, Oregon, the tournament held four preliminary rounds and broke to quarterfinals. In the final round, Southridge’s Jakob Hollenbeck & Joey Miller defeated Wilson’s Fletcher Calcagno & Elijah Moon, negating the resolution that “When in conflict, science ought to be held above morals.” Competitors had high praise. . . 

Gabriel Graville
Southridge victorious at Hap Hingston Invitational
Hannah Doyle

Beaverton takes the Championship at Jean Ward Invitation

On January 20th in Portland, Oregon, 34 varsity parliamentary debate teams convened to compete at the annual Jean Ward Invitational on the Lewis and Clark College campus. In finals, affirming the resolution “The USFG should increase investments in renewable energy,” Beaverton’s Evan Hunter & Elana Welter defeated Cleveland’s Henry Hawking & Quinn Samoulidis on a 3-0 decision. After six preliminary rounds, a rare occurrence in Oregon, ten teams broke to a partial octofinals round while the three top teams advanced straight to quarterfinals. . . 

Hannah Doyle
Beaverton takes the Championship at Jean Ward Invitation
Shannon Bonet

Redlands Claims Claremont Wolfpack Invitational

The Claremont Wolfpack Invitational, hosted by Claremont High School, culminated in a final round between Redland’s Ian Finley & Duncan Glover and Stockdale’s Warren Alphonso & Rishi Shah. Affirming the resolution, Finley & Duncan prevailed on a 2-1 decision. Spanning over 3 days, the invitational commenced on Friday, January 5th in the afternoon, allowing for an early Sunday evening finish. With 58 entries, Claremont expanded. . .

Shannon Bonet
Redlands Claims Claremont Wolfpack Invitational
Anoushka Singal

Campolindo Victorious at the MLK Invitational

The northern California circuit reconvened January 12th at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational, held at James Logan High School. In finals, Campolindo’s Kevin Deng and Krish Visht defeated Los Altos’s Javin Pombra & Shirley Cheng, affirming the resolution, "The automobile has had a greater impact on the U.S. than the computer." Deng & Visht won on a 3-0 decision. . . 

Anoushka Singal
Campolindo Victorious at the MLK Invitational
Sierra Maciorowski

Horace Mann Continues Winning Streak at Thomas Edison

December 16th brought the arrival of 36 teams from New York and Connecticut in a single open division to Queens’ Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School. After four rounds of debate, the victory went to Horace Mann’s Govind Menon & Paul Wang. The other undefeated team was Thomas Edison’s Mohammed Khan & Jaelan Scott. In an interview, Menon, who also. . . 

Sierra Maciorowski
Horace Mann Continues Winning Streak at Thomas Edison
Hannah Doyle

Cleveland's Debate Holiday Edgy Attracts Record Number of Teams

On December 2, Cleveland High School in Portland hosted the Debate Holiday Edgy, which included eighteen schools in open division parliamentary debate and a similar number in novice. At Cleveland, all debaters participated in two different styles throughout the day, which only allowed time for four preliminary rounds. The tournament ended in hidden quarterfinals. . .

Hannah Doyle
Cleveland's Debate Holiday Edgy Attracts Record Number of Teams
Anoushka Singal

Los Altos Takes SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitational

This weekend at the Santa Clara University Dempsey Cronin Invitational, Los Altos's William Zeng & Alex Wong 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),” Zeng & Wong won on a 2-1 decision. The tournament was greeted by. . . 

Anoushka Singal
Los Altos Takes SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitational
Sierra Maciorowski

Nueva Closes Out the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational

The 2017 National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at the University of California, Berkeley concluded with two teams from The Nueva School reaching finals. Champion teams Adam Keller & Paco Poler and Leo Rossi & Neeraj Sharma both emerged victorious from their semifinal rounds, debating on the topic, “The United States Federal Government should significantly increase its efforts to eradicate mosquitos in. . . 

Sierra Maciorowski
Nueva Closes Out the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational
Sierra Maciorowski

Gresham-Barlow and Lake Oswego take the Saints Invitational

The Mount Hood Community College Saints Invitational took place on November 4th in Portland, Oregon. Four teams broke to semifinals all earning legs to state; like the Wilson Invitational, the Saints Invitational opted out of a final round and allowed a tie for first place and a tie for third place based on the semifinals. In one. . .

Sierra Maciorowski
Gresham-Barlow and Lake Oswego take the Saints Invitational