Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Fairmont Preparatory Academy's debate program is picking up steam under the leadership of Dr. Matthew Brandstetter, our Dean of Academics. The team has excelled in competition this semester, earning numerous awards, including: 

  • 2012 Novice Championship 
    • 4th Place in the School Sweepstakes 
    • 1st Place in Parliamentary Debate - Milan M. and Nicholas P. (undefeated record) 
    • 1st Place in National Extemporaneous - Kayla B.
  • CSUF High School Speech and Debate Tournament 
    • Semi-Finalists in Novice Parliamentary Debate - Nakul M. and Nathaly B. 
    • 5th Place Speaker Award Novice Parliamentary - Nakul M. 
    • 7th Place Speaker Award Varsity Parliamentary - Kayla B. 
  • High School Public Debate Program Tournament  
    • 3rd Place - School Tournament Award 
    • 2nd Place - School Overall Percentage of Debate Awards Won
    • 1st Place Team Debate - Austin K., Jessica C., Kayla B. 
    • 1st Place Speaker Award - Austin K. 
    • 2nd Place Speaker Award - Kayla B. 
  • Orange County Speech League Varsity Competition 
    • 1st Place in Extemporaneous Speaking - Kayla B. 
    • 1st Place in Public Forum Debate - Jessica C. and Kayla B. 
    • 1st Place Speaker Award - Austin K. 
    • 3rd Place in School Sweepstakes and Debate Division 

Interested in joining? Just in case the team's winning streak isn't enough encouragement, here are some excellent benefits of participating in debate:  

  • Speech and debate students have a significant edge in college admissions.
  • Speech and debate participation provides real cognitive and behavioral outcomes in the following areas:
    • Improving reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills
    • Improving critical thinking skills
    • Fostering intellectual curiosity
    • Increasing motivation
    • Increasing engagement
  • Consider the people who began as student members of the National Forensic League: Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Samuel Alito; media visionaries Oprah Winfrey and Ted Turner; actors Brad Pitt and Renee Zellweger; TV personalities Stephen Colbert and Tom Lennon; and Senators Richard Lugar, Russ Feingold, and William Frist, to name a few!

For more information, contact Dr. Brandstetter at mbrandstetter@fairmontschools.com.

-Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools


  1. Great job on debate everyone!!! <3 all the awards :)

  2. Great job everyone!! Debate sounds awesome! :)

  3. It is awesome! I wish I joined debate!

    Shawn P.

  4. Congratulations! Go huskies!
    -Amanda Kwak

  5. Great job everyone! You guys all did awesome job!!


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