OCDL Spring Tournament Recap

On March 13, 2020, the Orange County Debate League held its annual Spring Middle School Parliamentary Debate Program [MSPDP] Tournament in which hundreds of elementary and middle school students debated the following topics:  The United States should provide universal healthcare.  School monitoring of student computers does more GOOD than HARM.  Impromptu: YouTube is good for … Continue reading OCDL Spring Tournament Recap

Alumni Spotlight: Krishna Thaker

Currently a junior at Sunny Hills High School, Krishna Thaker has been involved in debate for many years. Inspired by her older cousin, also a debater, Krishna had been determined to join debate since third grade, and finally joined the Orange County Debate League in fifth grade. She first debated on behalf of Beatty Elementary … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Krishna Thaker

Alumni Spotlight: Jack Thompson

Over the course of the past few weeks, I have had an ongoing conversation with OCDL alum Jack Thompson. We discussed how OCDL has impacted his life and what he has done since his last middle school debate through the league.  Jack is currently a senior at San Juan Hills High School and started competing … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Jack Thompson

2020 OCDL Holiday Tournament Results

On December 5, 2020, the Orange County Debate League [OCDL] held its annual Holiday Tournament on the video communication platform, Zoom.  Over two hundred students from different schools competed in four rounds of debate on the following topics:  Defund the police  People should not eat meat.  Requiring video to be on during distance learning does … Continue reading 2020 OCDL Holiday Tournament Results

Alumni Spotlight: Shreya Chitoori

This past week, I had the pleasure of speaking to one of Orange County Debate League’s Alumni, Shreya Chitoori.  Shreya just graduated from Sage Hill High School and is currently a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is studying Molecular and Cellular Biology on the Pre-Med track.  She started competing in OCDL … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Shreya Chitoori

Reflection: My experience teaching at the first virtual debate workshop

Saturday, September 19th marked the first-ever Orange County Debate League (OCDL) digital workshop. Students, teachers, and coaches came together for a day of fun and engaging classes.  In addition to preparing students for the coming season, this yearly event helps raise funds for the OCDL program, its tournaments, and other league-related activities.  However, this year, … Continue reading Reflection: My experience teaching at the first virtual debate workshop


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