This past weekend 156 schools attended the 55th annual California High School Speech and Debate State Championship Tournament at West Ranch High School in Santa Clarita. The competition saw the best speakers from each California league compete for state honors. Through the Orange County Speech League qualification process, two Fairmont Preparatory debate teams and one individual event student, received an invitation to compete in the State Championship Tournament.
Austin K. and Anjali N. participated as a team and advanced all the way to the fourth round before elimination. The fourth round consisted of 23 teams narrowed from an initial 49 teams. Individual student Kayla B. advanced deep into the tournament to the semi-final round in extemporaneous speaking putting her in the top 18 speakers of the 56 that began the individual tournament. An invite to this tournament is an extraordinary accomplishment, let alone advancing through multiple rounds! In recognition for qualification to the tournament, Fairmont Preparatory received a stunning plaque! In addition, Kayla B. was also given a plaque for her semi-finalist standing!