Once again, the La Cañada High School Speech and Debate team has produced amazing results. For the first time, La Cañada High School participated in the La Costa Canyon debate tournament in Carlsbad, competing against hundreds of other students. It served as a replacement for the Stanford Invitational debate tournament, which the team usually attends. The team spent the weekend of December 4 competing and returned on Sunday the 6th; the rounds started early around 7 and continued as long as 11 into the night.
La Cañada students did well in both speech and debate, placing in several categories. Junior Alex Zhao placed 1st in Lincoln-Douglas debate with 6th place in speaker points. Sophomores Abigail Lidar and Annika Russell both placed in double-octafinals for Public Forum debate. Junior Charlie Lea placed 10th speaker for Parliamentary debate. Juniors Sonya Kalara and Chris Morillo placed 2nd and in semifinals, respectively, in the Impromptu speech category, while Naomi Stephen placed in semifinals for Original Oratory.
Alex Zhao commented, “We saw debaters and speakers from LA, San Diego, and the Bay area. After round after round of tiring competition, La Cañada had a lot of great results, thanks to the hard work of our team and our coach, Mrs. Moore. The debate was definitely a tough challenge, but I managed to win the tournament in Lincoln-Douglas debate. I’m glad we learned a lot about the competition and ourselves.”
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