Thirty-five members of the College Prep Debate Team (roughly half of the team) spent the Presidents Day Weekend at Cal competing in one of the nation's largest and most challenging debate competitions. In the preliminary rounds, College Prep participated in 134 debates and won 95 of them! A number of College Prep debaters qualified for elimination rounds based on their strong performance in the prelims.
There were over 150 entries in JV Policy Debate. Emi Kong and Dhara Taheripour placed 17th in this division. Oliver Givan and Archana Ram placed 9th. Victoria Basket and Christophe Rimman placed 3rd, and Nick Yan and Thomas Chen placed 2nd. Dhara ranked 11th out of over 300 JV speakers, and Nick ranked 5th.
In Varsity Lincoln Douglas debate, Michelle Deloison-Baum tied for 9th place and earned her first Tournament of Champions bid of the year. Sarah Sachs placed 5th. Michelle was the 16th ranked Lincoln Douglas speaker out of over 360 debaters, and Sarah ranked 13th.
In Varsity Policy Debate, Elsa Givan and Joel Lee placed 33rd out of over 230 teams. Carlos Penikis and Jordan Trafton placed 17th, and Tatsuro Yamamura and Vinay Pai placed 2nd. Tatsuro was the 10th ranked speaker out of over 460 debaters, and Vinay ranked 5th.
This is the team's best performance at Cal in recent memory.