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 of school diversity to ensure that a final round would take place between two different schools. With Bonet & Yuan's teammates Kevin Deng & Krish Visht as second seed, the tournament advanced the third seeded team, Los Altos's Shirley Cheng & William Zeng, to become finalists. The final round, however, delayed due to a Tabroom crash, did not take place.
In addition to having the top two seeds, Campolindo swept open speaker awards. Shannon Bonet won first place, with partner Sharon Yuan and teammate Kevin Deng following in second and third. In the novice division, Aptos High School’s Liam Page, Irvington’s Ved Mistry, and Berkeley’s Zander Peterson took the lead, with Page taking first, Mistry second, and Peterson third.
The Berkeley High School Invitational has seen dramatic changes since its 2016 iteration. The field sizes nearly doubled in both the open and novice divisions, growing from 32 and 22 entries in the previous year. The tournament was also able to have five preliminary rounds rather than four, pushing back the end of the tournament.
Resolutions continued to be largely about domestic topics. The 2017 tournament featured issues such as the Jones Act and the Teach for America Program. “The resolutions were interesting and they allowed us to think strategically about what arguments we could run," said Irvington's Anushka Kulkarni.
Our Northern California correspondents are Emily Her, who competes for Dougherty Valley High School, and Anoushka Singal, who competes for Irvington High School.