Tuesday, October 1, 2013

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: High School and Middle School Debate

This past weekend, the Harker School in San Jose hosted the Nichols Invitational. Thirty-two schools showed up for the two-day public forum tournament. In an effort to align the high school debate team and middle school debate team, both programs competed at the tournament. Fairmont Prep students competed both Saturday and Sunday, while Fairmont middle school students competed on Sunday. Although this was the first time our middle schools students competed in a public forum tournament, they did exceptionally well. Fairmont students earned the following awards:

High School Students:
a) Nicholas Palmer and Sonali Narang amassed a winning record of 4-2 after 6 preliminary rounds, advancing them to the first elimination round before losing to St. Francis High School;

Middle School Students:
a) Record of 4-0:
Zaina Syed & Adrian Sarmiento
b) Records of 3-1:
Eric Frankel & Adnan Ismail
Jake Palmer & Gurveer Singh
c) Records of 2-2
Sarah Saboorian & Sahar Khayashar
Ellie Gibbons & Evan Patel
Speaker Awards:
2nd speaker: Zaina Syed
Fifth speaker: Ellie Gibbs
Sixth speaker: Evan Patel

Congratulations to all participants!

Monday, September 30, 2013

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: Debate Season Kicks Off with a Bang

The Fairmont Prep Debate Team began its 2013-14 season at the Orange County Speech League (OCSL) beginning-of-the-year tournament for novice competitors at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita. The tournament was a great learning experience for both new and veteran debaters. We brought fourteen Prep debaters to compete while our varsity Prep debaters judged and coached the tournament. Young Fairmont eighth-grade debaters attended rounds to observe, learn and hone their own skills and strategies. For several Fairmont parents, it was their first time witnessing Fairmont Prep debate in action.

We earned Second Place Sweepstakes from a field of 12 Southern California schools that included Oxford Academy, Servite, Northwood, Magnolia, and Cypress.

Congratulations to the following Fairmont debate teams competing in the Public Forum Debate:

FIRST PLACE: Austin Kim and Leena Surapaneni
SECOND PLACE: Nicolas Flores and Bryan Dang
THIRD PLACE: Jonathan Joei and Colette Ngo
FOURTH PLACE: Evan Munaretto and Trey Smith
SEVENTH PLACE: Jia Xuan Li and Leo Liu

Additionally, the teams of Kelvin Hui & Yusi Wang and Mark Jung & Nathan Lin both earned 2-1 winning records. Congratulations on a fine showing to all who contributed to such tremendously successful outcomes. If this opening tournament is showing us anything about the season to come, The Fairmont Prep Debate Team is sure to have another amazing year!

-Contributed by Rickey, Fairmont Private Schools

Monday, September 16, 2013

COMMUNITY SERVICE: 29th Annual Coastal Clean Up

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013
Time: 8:45am-12:00pm ( 3 hours service)
Location: Huntington Beach, CA. 
Students should look for the Fairmont sign as they arrive

Coastal Cleanup is the premier volunteer event focused on the marine and regional park environment in the country. By participating in the Cleanup, students help with the protection of coastal condition. It is a great opportunity for people to show community support for our shared resources, take care of our fragile environment, and learn about the impacts of marine/ lake debris and how we can prevent them.

-Contributed by Nora W., Community Service Commissioner

Monday, September 9, 2013

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: Field Day & Back to School Rally

On Friday, August 23rd, all Prep students decked out in their class colors for the Back to School Rally and Field Day. This rally was a great way for new Prep students to “break the ice” and make new friends. Meanwhile, returning Prep students were given the chance to catch up with their friends and spend time bonding with others. Students cheered nonstop as the football team and the cross country teams were introduced. Later, the Prep ASB surprised everyone with a flash mob dance to the song, “Safe and Sound,” by Capital Cities. Throughout the rally, each class participated in a spirit competition, which included events such as a “loudness” contest, a fishing game, a duck race, and a bed sheet contest. This year’s seniors, the Class of 2014, came out the winners of the rally; as a prize for their outstanding school spirit, the Class of 2014 was given a “spirit stick” and the opportunity to have their class flag hung on the flagpole, below the American flag, for the rest of the school year.

​The excitement did not end there. After the rally, students enjoyed hotdogs, watermelons, chips, macaroni salad, and lemonade in the annual “Back-to-School Barbeque.” The line was pretty long but all the students enjoyed the lunch and free time.  Some students played basketball, swings, and made new friends no matter what class they were in. At the end of the day, most students and ASB members picked up the left over trash and cleaned the park. We hope 2013-2014 will be the best year to every husky!!!! Let's go Huskies.

-Contributed by Jenny L., Krystal L., & Lubna K.