Speech & Debate

Several Foothill speech and debate students got top rankings at recent tournaments with two students qualifying to take part in a more advanced competition.

Jeffrey Huai and Jason Zhang, competing as a two-person team, won four of their six debates at the Stanford Invitational in early February. They advanced to the quarterfinals and qualified to compete at the prestigious Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky in early May.

Students who took part in the Stanford event are Jeffrey Huai, Jason Zhang, Bryce Fan and Arthur Hwang in varsity public forum; Anthony Hong in junior varsity Lincoln-Douglas; and Sabrina Nguyen in two speech events. Bryce Fan and Arthur Hwang won five of their six debates and ranked as the 10th seed out of 154 two-person teams. Bryce Fan got the 10th highest speaking score out of 308 competitors. Anthony Hong won four of five debates in the junior varsity Lincoln-Douglas.

Students also took part in the UC Berkeley Invitational in mid-February. Students who participated are Jeffrey Huai, Jason Zhang, Bryce Fan, Arthur Hwang, Tony Wang and Henry Huang in varsity public forum and Anthony Hong in junior varsity Lincoln-Douglas. Bryce, Arthur and Anthony all received winning records. Jeffrey Huai and Jason Zhang entered double-octofinals with a 6-1 record, placing them as the 9th seed out of 160 teams.

Congratulations to all the debate students who represented Foothill so well at the recent competitions.

The Foothill debate club provides students opportunities to learn various styles of debate and participate in tournaments. The club meets in Mrs. Fulton’s room D-16 every other Friday during lunch.

Posted Friday, March 7, 2014