By Deborah Oh
On the 25th and 26th of October, members of the La Cañada High School Speech and Debate Team participated in the Third Annual Spartan Fall Classic, a local invitational tournament held at Schurr High School. Students were able to bring home several trophies and honors, proving their prestige as debaters and speakers.
On the first day of the tournament, all of the speech events were held. Sophomore Chris Morillo showed off his superior speaking skills, placing fifth in Varsity Original Advocacy and seventh in Varsity National Extemporaneous Speech.
On the second day of the tournament, all of the debate events took place. The incredible Parliamentary team took several awards in Varsity Parliamentary debate. Sophomores Chris Morillo and Charlie Lea won second, and juniors Jack Nagel and Colin Um placed sixth. Seniors Brian Kim and Freya Strasburg were also very successful and broke to the quarterfinals. The budding Lincoln-Douglas team was also victorious in debating. Freshman Averi Suk and sophomore Daniel Oh were co-champions in Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
Speech and Debate coach Mrs. Moore expressed her pride in all students who competed at the tournament, saying, “Even though success is great for our team and we love to win, it was the learning over the weekend that was really important. It’s the learning more than the winning that is important to us. I’m always impressed with the critical thinking skills of our students."
Team president Brian Kim was also impressed with the Speech and Debate team. He said, "Our team did incredibly well. It took hours of preparation and meticulous revising to perfect our speeches, and the effort the team put in to this tournament was evident in the countless quarter finalists and semifinalists we had. Binge-eating Oreos while debating with arguably the most amazing and wacky people I've ever known made those tedious hours of preparation all worthwhile."
The Speech and Debate team looks forward to not only victories at tournaments, but also to the great experiences and learning that those tournaments will provide.
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