The Quarry Lane speech and debate team had a busy weekend competing in three tournaments across the Bay Area.
At the local Stephen Stewart Invitational, we had our largest showing in Public Forum entries ever at an invitational. Avighna V. and Srusti A. went 1-4, Ritu K. and Elliot T., as well as Chiara M.and Anushri Roy went 2-3 in Novice Public Forum. Malavika R. and Serena R., Rhea O. and Aditya G., and Vir G. and Saikrishna R. also went 3-2 in Novice Public Forum. Impressively Kushal K. and Karan S. went 4-1 and received 7th place, claiming a spot in the top 20% of the competition! In Open Public Forum Harika A. and Swetha A., Aarushi J. and Tanvi P., and Dakshata A. Lucinda Q. broke to elimination rounds! Ducky received 5th speaker out of over 90 students, and Harika and Swetha advanced to octofinals ending with an impressive overall record. In Novice Parli, Insha K. and Fahham K. made their debut in debate and showed great promise for future tournaments. Also in the same category, Olivia He and Kalyani V. went 3-2 and received 8th place overall. Olivia and Kalyani also both received speaker awards as the 11th and 4th speaker, respectively. Anjali K. and Sahana N. performed their DUO "I was there" for the first time and Michael S. impressed with a Humorous Interp speech based on "Liar Liar."
Quarry Lane's Congress team also had its biggest showing to date. At the GGSA Congress 1 tournament at Miramonte High School, Nitika K. won first place in House and Akaash B. took second! Ryan F., up against competitors from all over the Bay Area, placed fifth in his chamber overall. Suhani N. and Congress Captain Anoushka P. also competed, showing a strong presence for the first Congress local tournament of the year.
At the Girls Tournament in Mountain House, Novice Parliamentary team Guanni (Jenny) Q..and Hasita M. went 2-3, showing great promise for the future. Our very own Chayla V. had the opportunity to experience a mixed school pair, partnering with a young womxn from another school. The completely female centered tournament (all competitors, judges, and volunteers were womxn), connected womxn and other marginalized gender individuals in debate to create a space to delve into issues that face us in debate and the greater community. We are so proud of Jenny, Hasita, and Chayla for participating in such an important event. Great job, Cougars!