This past Saturday, SVUDL students came together for the last chance to test their skills in a tournament setting before the League Championships on May 6. Thirteen brand new debaters attended, including 2 from Overfelt, 2 from EPAA, 6 from Silver Creek, and 3 from Live in Peace. SVUDL's student leaders deserve enormous praise their work in making the case for debate to their peers. It's remarkable to have so many new students, so evenly distributed among schools, at an April tournament!
Vilituituukakalaolabaha Vunga and Clarence Jackson went undefeated and took the First Place Team prize. Second Place Team went to Tamiera Wood and My Nguyen. For the second tournament in a row, our Junior Novice Top Speaker was Tamiera Wood!
Of course, it's not only about debate- it's also about forming a supportive debate community. The Spring Scrimmage judges were almost entirely students from SJSU, DeAnza College, and Stanford. These young adults serve as powerful role models for our current debaters, helping them see what life can look like 2-3 years down the road. Congratulations to everyone who attended on Saturday- you've got the edge for May 6!