Two SVUDL teams participated in the Urban Debate National Championship April 20-22, 2018, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., representing SVUDL with the best showing in the tournament since our founding in 2014.
Partners Mia Cadet, Senior at Woodside High School, and Najma Ali, Senior at Oak Grove High School, finished the tournament among the top eight teams in the country! They went 6-0 in pre-elimination rounds and ended as the top seed. They debated a Bay Area Urban Debate League team in Octos and won, and dropped in Quarters to a Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League team. Out of nearly 100 competitors, Mia was named 2nd best speaker, and Najma was 6th.
Also competing were Antonia Barona, Junior at Menlo Atherton High School, and Kathleen Espinoza, Junior at Silver Creek High School. This was their first tournament outside of SVUDL. They learned a lot from the very competitive environment and look forward to future tournaments, including the SVUDL League Championships on May 12 at Santa Clara University.