By Daniel Oh
The La Cañada High School speech and debate team celebrated success on the weekend of September 26 at CSULB. As the second tournament of the year, the Jack Howe Invitational was a great opportunity for new members of the team to gain experience.
In Public Forum debate, La Cañada High School sent pairs freshmen Sun Choi and Sonia Vaze, junior Coleman Cornell and senior Sahil Nandwani, seniors Brianna Kang and Shreni Shah, and juniors Sonya Kalara and Chris Morillo. Sisters freshman Averi and sernior Amber Suk competed in senior Lincoln Douglas debate. In parliamentary debate, the team brought out pairs juniors Charlie Lea and Deborah Yi, seniors Daniel Lee and Colin Um, and seniors Jack Nagel and Riley Owen. Rounding out the team in speech categories were sophomore Abigail Lidar, who participated in Impromptu speech, and sophomore Annika Russell, who took part in Humorous Interpretation.
Coach Moore commented, “We had a really strong start right at the beginning of the school year. We are proud of all the students who participated. It was a great opportunity for us to assess our competition, learn from mistakes, and get back into the swing of debate. It was a great way for us to learn about new argumentation strategies and structure.”
Parliamentary pairs Lea-Yi and Nagel-Owen broke into the octofinals of the tournament. The latter pair made it all the way to finals, and Riley Owen received the first speaker award.
Parliamentary debate octofinalist Charlie Lea commented, “I feel that the team really pulled together regardless of whether we broke or not. Everyone was trying their best and that’s what matters. It demonstrated that the team has the ability to go to finals and that Mrs. Moore has the coaching power to bring each and every one of us there if we put our minds to it like Jack and Riley were able to along with me and Deborah”.
The debate team had a great time at the Jack Howe Invitational, and was able to come away with even more victories under its belt.
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