Several of SVUDL's debaters are heading to the Santa Clara Philalethic Invitational this weekend- including this week's Debater of the Week, Mia!
Mia Cadet, junior at Woodside High School, is a killer policy debater ready to tackle your hardest international conundrums. While it's only her first year of debate, she's already lighting a fire in her first tournaments--placing top 5 in all of them, and nabbing 1st place speaker in her most recent tournament appearance.
When asked how debate has changed her, Mia enthusiastically describes how policy debate has transformed her worldview. She calls it "eye opening" and "awesome intellectual stimulation"--crediting debate for broadening and deepening her worldview and international understanding.
It all started when SVUDL's Shauntrice Martin visited Mia's debate class, posed her own argument, and invited students to present opposing views. The dialog and the effortless way Shauntrice listened and engaged drew Mia in- not only was it intellectually intriguing, but Mia deeply appreciated how Shauntrice interacted with the students as equals. With this intro, Mia was hooked, joining the debate team shortly after.
Mia is also active in musical theater and runs track. She sees close parallels between debate and theater- both present an opportunity to share a story with an audience. It's in debate, Mia explains, that you discover passions (for topics) you never knew you had and truly find your voice. Mia tackles school, debate, theater, and track with the velocity only achieved by dedicated hard work, passion and capacity. We're excited to see her shine at the Invitational this coming weekend. Join us in wishing Mia and all of her SVUDL peers luck, and in congratulating her on being named Debater of the Week!