By Jihee Yoon
Armed with arguments, dressed in formal suits, and bubbling with excitement, high school students from across the globe gathered at Stanford University from February 6th to February 9th for the 29th annual Stanford National Speech and Debate Invitational. La Cañada High School’s Speech and Debate Team was one of the hundreds of schools represented, bringing eleven students and winning a total of four trophies and three platters.
In Varsity Parliamentary debate, senior Brian Kim and sophomore Christopher Morillo were one of 32 pairs to advance to double octofinals. In Junior-Varsity Parliamentary Debate, sophomore Sonya Kalara and sophomore Charlie Lea advanced to semi-finals and received 2nd and 3rd place speaker awards, respectively. In Junior-Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate, freshman Averi Suk advanced to octofinals and placed as the 5th best speaker. In Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate, sophomore Alex Zhao advanced to octofinals. In addition to receiving trophies, Sonya and Charlie also received silver platters as speaker awardees.
Reflecting on the tournament, Sonya Kalara said, “This tournament really fueled my love for debate because even after being in heels for 18 hours, walking across the giant Stanford campus in the rain without an umbrella, and getting less than 5 hours of sleep each night, I still went home with a smile on my face. My partner Charlie and I faced stress and success, and I was proud of us through all of it!”
Since its founding in 2010, the team has evolved immensely, now participating in one of the largest and most competitive tournaments in the United States.
At the end of February and beginning of March, the Speech and Debate team will participate in State Qualifiers, where winners of the tournament can advance to the California State Championships in Murrieta, California.
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