Debater of the Week: Angie Guzman

Meet Angie Guzman, a Senior at Mt. Pleasant High School- policy debater, activist, and future lawyer. Although she's only gotten seriously into debate this school year, she's already dominating. Angie is one of those students with a natural love of public speaking, knowing only in theory the jitters that most of us feel when addressing a crowd. When Angie is standing in front of an audience, she thrives on the energy of the group and can easily deliver inspiring, articulate, and thoughtful oratory off the cuff.

This is probably why she's known for a long time that being a lawyer, and hopefully someday a judge, is her dream. However, debating successfully in tournaments hasn't always come naturally for Angie the way general public speaking does. In fact, her favorite SVUDL moment was when she lost every single round in a policy tournament. As Angie puts it, "I didn't feel like I lost everything, I felt like I gained everything" because she learned so much through reflecting on her mistakes and growing from the experience, demonstrating the grit and resilience urban debate helps young people cultivate.

Outside of debate, Angie is passionate about social justice issues and equality, writes poems (she will have three pieces published in her high school's upcoming literary publication), and enjoys math. As she looks into her future, she credits SVUDL with helping her create a clear picture of what she wants to achieve. Through conversations with her mentor, Leslie Spencer from Ropes & Gray in Palo Alto, Angie has refined and focused her dreams of being a lawyer, judge and advocate. We have no doubt that she will execute beautifully on that vision. Congratulations, Angie, on being SVUDL's Debater of the Week!