Speech & Debate

Foothill’s speech and debate students had tremendous success the recent Stanford University Invitational tournament, considered to be a prestigious national-level tournament that draws debaters from around the world.


Juniors Bryce Fan and Arthur Hwang qualified for the Tournament of Champions by making it to the octa-final round of the invitational. They were ranked sixth out of 376 debaters and won seven of their nine rounds.


The Tournament of Champions is a national championship considered the most prestigious and competitive American high school debate tournament. Two bids are necessary to enter tournament, held annually in April. Brice and Arthur qualified to compete since the invitational win is their second of the year.


Foothill’s other varsity team, seniors Jeffrey Huai and Jason Zhang, also received their first tournament bid of the season by making it to the quarter finals, making them the top eighth team out of 188 teams participating. They won seven out of 10 rounds.


Huai and Zhang also defeated one of the top-ranked teams in the country with unanimous approval from the judges.


First-time varsity debaters Edward Im and Raymond Peng, with just a two-week notice they would compete, had three wins and three losses, narrowly missing cutoff for the elimination rounds.


Sophomores Bernie Nguyen and Dhruva Eswar continued their dominant streak in junior varsity, making it to semifinals and ranking them fourth of 122 debate teams. They won seven of nine rounds. Bernie was also ranked the top fifth speaker out of 244 debaters.


It was an impressive showing for Bernie and Dhruva at their second tournament ever at a large event like Stanford. They already have a championship title under their belts, winning first place at the Santa Clara University tournament last November.


Congratulations to all of the debaters who represented Foothill so well.


Foothill debate team meets every other Friday during lunch in D-16 (Mrs. Fulton’s classroom) and welcomes new debaters any time of the year.


For more info, contact info@foothilldebate.com.


Top, from left: Arthur Hwang, Jeffrey Huai, Bryce Fan and Jason Zhang

Teammates Bryce Fan and Jeffrey Huai discuss strategy before their elimination round

Posted Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015