The University of California at Berkeley hosted its 40th annual high school speech and debate tournament this past weekend, attracting nearly 1500 students from 39 states. Recognized as one of the largest high school tournaments in the nation, the tournament demands 7 preliminary rounds of debate before beginning 6 single elimination rounds. These debates occur over a three-day period.
Kayla B. earned first speaker honors out of a pool of 564 debaters. This accomplishment is quite outstanding given her sophomore status and the many senior debaters from across the country against whom she and her partner were competing. Kayla and Jessica C. earned a 4th team seed out of 282 teams after 7 preliminary rounds with a 6-1 record. They advanced to the round of 32 teams remaining before losing on a 2-1 decision to Leland High School. Kayla and Jessica amassed more team points than any other team in the tournament.
Nicholas P. and Milan M. also completed 7 preliminary rounds with a winning record of 4-3, losing a 7th round-breaking debate which would have otherwise qualified them for the elimination round pool.
Congratulations go out to the whole speech and debate team for their accomplishments!
-Contributed by Dr. Brandstetter, Fairmont Preparatory Academy Speech & Debate Coach