SA Debate had an incredible showing at the first league debate tournament of the year. We compete in the Golden Gate Speech Association, a league that comprises Sonoma, Marin, and Napa counties, as well as San Francisco and the East Bay. This tournament kicked off this year's competition in our league about whether the U.S. ought to reduce its arms sales to other countries.
In varsity debate, every SA team came away from the tournament winning a trophy. The team of Jack Jacobs '22 and Mateo Mijares '22 went undefeated in the varsity division, earning a perfect record throughout the tournament and winning all of their debates. Adri Kornfein '21 and Zoe Price '21 earned a winning record. The freshman/sophomore duo Ivy Brenner and Tabatha Stewart challenged themselves to debate in varsity at their second tournament ever, and also earned an impressive winning record at the tournament, outranking some of the best teams in our league.
In the novice division, Maddy Jannes '22 and Amelia Packard '22 debated at their first tournament, and finished on a 2-1 winning record. Iris Anderson '23 and Ziggy Meieran '23 also earned a winning record in novice.
Huge thanks to Kelly Castañeda, Luna Michelis '21, and parents Ana Stewart and Lisa Jacobs for judging at the tournament! Next up, the speech team heads to the first league tournament on October 19th.
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