It's never good to get into an argument with Kimberly Lam. She's a very kind and positive young woman, but don't let that fool you- beneath that exterior lurks a passionate and tenacious policy debater constantly striving to excel. Most recently Kim was named the Top Varsity speaker at the Ella Baker Tournament, but she's been collecting awards all year. She will be a strong representative of Silver Creek HS at the 2nd Annual Moot Court on May 1.
With experience across the board in policy debate, mock trial and now moot court, Kim's oration expertise has exploded over the past 18 months. This is why it's so surprising that she didn't actually love debate at first. "I joined late in the year and was confused about what was going on. I didn't do well in the beginning, losing 6 out of 6 rounds in my first competition." But with grit, time, and focus, Kim turned that challenging experience into inspiration to build her debate skills and find the confidence to step out of her shell.
For students considering debate, Kim advises: "Just go for it! You learn the most from the tournaments. Don't be afraid of losing. Think of losing as motivation...don't be afraid to put yourself out there--and don't worry about being smart enough or articulate enough, because it's the best way to learn." This advice resonates with the way SVUDL Director of Programs Ms. T. describes Kim: "She is quickly developing as a leader on her team...focused, determined and hardworking."
Outside of debate, Kim is secretary of the A Capella club and recently performed twice for the vice mayor! She is also passionate about volunteering and helping people in the community through her involvement with the Red Cross. Down the line, she plans to pursue a career in law with a focus on social justice. Join us in congratulating Kim, and don't miss your chance to see this young woman shine at the May 1 Moot Court!