By Jihee Yoon
On October 11th, the La Cañada High School Speech and Debate novice team participated in the annual Southern California Debate League Package Deal, taking home six ribbons and four trophies.
Novices from all over Southern California gathered at Arcadia High School for their first-ever speech tournament. Upon arrival at the tournament, students competed in their first event, extemporaneous speech, in which a student has to deliver a seven-minute speech on current events after a 30-minute preparation period. For the second round, students were given a two-minute script and five minutes to practice before they had to perform a scene. The last event of the morning session was impromptu speech, where each person received a topic and had three minutes to prepare a five-minute speech. The final event of the day, Congress, involved debate over whether certain bills should or should not be approved by the Congress comprised by the competing students.
The team had great success and four of the nine competing novices received trophies. Freshmen Anika Russell and Naomi Stephen and sophomores Sarah Bhaskaran and Cole Weinstein were awarded for placing first in Individual Events and Congress rounds.
After the tournament, President Brian Kim was extremely excited to see that the students’ hard work and dedication had paid off.
“I am so proud of this year’s novices. Regardless of their success at Arcadia, the amount of enthusiasm and effort they put into speech and debate truly speaks to their characters as new additions to the team,” Brian said.
Mrs. Moore, the Speech and Debate coach, added, “This competition was one of the best novice tournaments I’ve seen during all the years of the LCHS Speech and Debate team! I am very excited for the 2014-2015 Speech and Debate season!”
The Speech and Debate team continues to look forward to even more success in the future.
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