More than 50 Silicon Valley high-school students participated in SVUDL’s 2018 Summer Debate Institute. Current debaters refined their skills and prepared for the upcoming debate season, while novices learned more basic skills to tap the power of their voices and make smart cool.
Held July 23 to 28 at Santa Clara University, the intensive week included training in a variety of topics from constructing an argument to public speaking. It also provided a safe and educational space during the summer for young people from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. All participants spent this special week learning critical 21st century life skills and being inspired to excel.
"I appreciate good teachers and mentors, and enjoyed being in rooms filled with highly intelligent people," said one young participant. "They know what they're talking about."
Interactive demonstration debates by varsity and novice debaters, lectures, discussions, and labs focusing on a variety of skills helped participants learn critical thinking and the best strategies to use when debating.
This year’s debate curriculum is focused on the topic of immigration. To prepare, students learned about the history of immigration in the United States.
Participants also took a break from the academic sport of debate to enjoy a tour of Levi’s Stadium.
The week culminated in varsity and novice debate tournaments on Saturday with parents in attendance, followed by these awards:
- 1st place - Jozelle Solatorio and Ana Guevara
- 2nd place - Samiya Ali and Angel Armenta
- 1st - Samiya Ali
- 2nd - Ana Guevara
- 3rd - Jozelle Solatorio
- 1st place - Samek Rangarajan and Daisy Carmona
- 2nd place- Thuyvi Ngyuen and Jaskaran Batth
- 3rd place - Gayatri Rithe and Sam Medina
- 1st - Rachel Aguilar
- 2nd - Samek Rangarajan
- 3rd - Giselle Chiprez
Special thanks to volunteers Grant Dasher, Ryan Mills and Taylor Lam for giving their time and talents to make the week successful and productive for participants.