Meet Santiago (Santi) Pacheco--a junior at East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy and a fierce policy debater. Santi's debate chops were strong from the get go and in his third debate ever he took home the Top Novice team award!
Santi was first drawn to to debate by the opportunity to earn a scholarship, but stuck with it because "the people in debate and SVUDL made me feel welcome.. they are my second family." Santi is passionate about policy debate, relishing the chance to team up and argue a position with his partner. This style of debate requires extensive research on an issue and looking at it from many vantage points--which is a big part of what Santi loves and where he really excels. In his own words, "being a debater has helped me expand my thinking and see that every argument or situation has multiple perspectives."
Santi plans to take his debate experience and skill set into college with him where he eventually plans to pursue a JD and become a defense lawyer. Long term, Santi plans to open his own law firm, but until then, we can't wait to see what he accomplishes in debate over the next two years of high school!
(profile prepared by Carolyn Straub)