Middle School Debate Captures League Title

For the third time in the last four years, the Chaminade Middle School Debate Team again captured the Golden State Debate League Championship.

After four rounds of competition and an undefeated record, 8th graders Tiffany Thomas, Jeremy Marsh, and Brendan Egan faced off against Sycamore Canyon in a final round public debate on the topic that the United States should have mandatory military service.  In a 2-1 decision, Chaminade was declared the winner taking home first place and the championship.

Two other teams placed in the top 6, with Danica Hosaka, Noelle Johnson, and Alyssa Buzzello finishing 4th, and Jonathan Bollinger, Ryan Town, and Bhaskar Suri in 6th.

Chaminade also clinched half of the speaker awards, including two of the top three speakers at the tournament.  Out of nearly 100 debaters, London Pace took 3rd and Noelle Johnson finished as the Top Speaker for the championship and winner of the Gavel. The team is coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.

Other highlights for the season include:

  • 35 Speaker Awards including 3 Gavel Winners
  • 3 First Place team finishes
  • 18 Team Awards
  • 3 Teams qualified for National Championship
  • Top 20 finish at Nationals including top 12 speaker in the country

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