By Christine Lee
Sophomore Alex Zhao recently qualified as a Lincoln-Douglas debater at the prestigious Tournament of Champions Tournament. He secured his bid by placing at debate tournaments at Harvard, Stanford, USC, and others. The Tournament of Champions, in which Alex will be participating, is an annual high school debate tournament that will take place in Kentucky at the end of April.
Spartan: How do you feel about qualifying to the Tournament of Champions?
Alex: Going to the Tournament of Champions has always been kind of a goal for me. I’m really excited to be going to Kentucky for debate and happy that I’ve made it so far. I’m also nervous. TOC is a really tough tournament because it draws top debaters from all over the country, with all their different styles and regional preferences. It’s great to be representing La Cañada there!
Spartan: What do you think your strengths are as a debater?
Alex: I try to understand how the different arguments in a round interact and which arguments are the most important to prioritize when I have limited time in a speech. Also, I spend a lot of time researching arguments and reading the most common authors in the topic literature before each debate round.
Spartan: How has your experience with Speech and Debate been?
Alex: Speech and Debate has been amazing for me as a person. Through debate, I’ve met so many friends from both LCHS and places all over the country. I’m so glad I have the support of the Spartans on the LC Debate Team and our coach, Mrs. Moore. A big part of debate is cooperating with your team and learning from each other. Lincoln-Douglas debate has taught me a lot about politics, philosophy, and economics. I find new ways to look at old issues and critically think about problems in our world.”
The Spartan wishes Alex good luck at the TOC! Happy arguing!
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