Our Fall Championship tournament this past Saturday was a time to celebrate with the new close knit community of SVUDL debaters. Students filled the halls of Santa Clara University with their ideas, joyful banter, and laughter. A huge milestone was achieved for SVUDL in this last tournament of 2015: for the first time we hosted a JV division to help our most committed youth take their skills to the next level. Judges, volunteers, and staff were impressed and inspired to see the huge improvement in so many students over the past couple of months.
Zak Ali of Oak Grove earned the top three speaker positions in the novice division. In the JV division, Ali Syed of Silver Creek claimed top speaker. The notorious EPAPA was given the Spirit Award for their growth and dedication over the past few months. The top coach award went to Ms. Hanna Kurowski from EPAPA and our support award was given to Troy Ogun, an outstanding mentor at Oak Grove.
The day was also highlighted by the upcoming birthday of SVUDL Program Director, Shauntrice Martin. Students, coaches, and staff were all in cahoots to deliver her a birthday surprise and show her appreciation for all the hard work she has put in to make this program a success! We are also happy to welcome our new tab director Grant Dasher from the Boston Debate League.
SVUDL is immensely excited about what's in store for these rising stars in 2016!