Each year the OCDL creates travel opportunities for debaters interested in competing against other leagues around the country. This year the OCDL is proud to announce a trip for students to try another style of debate: public forum!
On Saturday, November 2nd, eighteen OCDL students (and a few of their parents) attended the New York Debate League’s Fall Tournament at West Side Secondary School in Manhattan. The tournament featured roughly 120 students from local schools including Dalton, Nightingale and the Hackley School debating the following topics:
Schools should be year round
Adolescents should have the right to make their own medical decisions
Museums should return artifacts to their country of origin
For this tournament, the OCDL students were part of a conglomerate squad comprised of debaters from five different schools. The individual debaters included Kha-han D, Chloette H, Courtney H, Sina E, Sabina S, CJ S, Lance Y, Luca S, Kion M, Ryan M. Deema J, Iris S, Naomi T, Sasha C, Noelle K, Stavan S, Christian J, and Erik U. And in keeping with the spirit of travel tournament success, the group took home a first place squad award for both total wins and percetage wins!
Not only did the students have a great day debating, they also took in some of the sites of New York including a visit to the 9/11 Memorial, the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. The group even went to see Wicked, the muscial.
These students will be staying a bit closer to home at our next competiton on Saturday, December 14th at Buena Park High School. See below for specific results from New York!
School Awards 1st Place Overall Wins – Orange County Debate League 1st Place Percentage Wins – Orange County Debate League
Team Awards 2nd Place – Team HYS (Courtney, Lance, CJ) 3rd Place – Team KST (Noelle, Naomi, Stavan) 5th Place – MHM (Ryan, Chloette, Kion)
Speaker Awards 2nd Place – (Top OCDL Speaker) Kion M 8th Place – CJ S 10th Place – Courtney H 12th Place – Lance Y 13th Place – Luca S 15th Place – Chloette H