It is our honor and privilege to announce that Silver Creek Senior and SVUDL Debater Denise Medina has been selected as one of 8 finalists for NAUDL's Urban Debater of the Year award!
Denise is one of SVUDL's earliest debaters, and we've known since day one that this young woman is special. When she started debate, she was sure she wouldn’t be good at something “so academic.” She didn't plan to go to college- she didn’t think it was within her reach. After just one semester on our after-school team, she participated in a Moot Court, arguing First and Fourth Amendment issues in front of sitting Federal judges and an audience of nearly 200 high powered attorneys. She argued with clarity, conviction, and poise. She was more articulate and composed than many adults would have been in the same situation!
Denise has grown into a dedicated student leader who excels away from the podium as well as behind it. She hasn’t missed a debate event since she started- not even those held on her birthday or the day of her Junior Prom. She was instrumental in the creation of the SVUDL Women's Association and the Legal Mentor Program. She debated at Santa Clara University in a tournament that boasts some of the most competitive debaters in our region when she was still a first-year debater, winning both speaker and team awards. Captain of her 40+ member team, she competes, supports her novice teammates, helps with event logistics, all while wearing a smile.
Denise is dedicated to developing her academic skills across the board and has worked diligently to achieve that goal. She credits debate with fueling her desire to qualify for AP Government and English; we credit her diligence and focus as the reasons she made it as one of 8 finalists for Urban Debater of the Year, edging out students from all over the country. Congratulations Denise!