In this Edition
Speech & Debate at High School Graduations
Final year-end tournament results
Successful YFL Scrimmage
National World Schools Competition
2015-2016 Speech & Debate Officers
Public Forum and Circuit Lincoln-Douglas Event Coaches Needed
Speech & Debate Camp Help Needed
Graduation Features Speech & Debate Speaker:
Our own Carly Miller was one of two featured speakers at Mountain View High’s graduation. Her speech, “How to Say Goodbye” was extremely moving and very well
received. Ashwin Vaidyanathan, our current President of Speech & Debate, led the Pledge of Allegiance at Los Altos’ graduation.
Final Year-End Tournament Results:
Evergreen Valley Tournament: Three teams were undefeated
in Public Forum (Connor Akiyama & Shirley Cheng, Vicky Semenina & Leah Lam, Geoffrey Glass & Arjun Singla) plus Amira Patrawala was undefeated in Lincoln-Douglas.
Successful YFL Scrimmage:
Our YFL Committee hosted a very successful scrimmage for our Middle Schoolers. Our team supported 22 Middle School Competitors from our feeder schools and 23
of our Speech & Debate members served as judges. The tournament was so well staffed that it ended early despite having 700 competitors over the two days from at least 41 different schools!
MVLA Competitor at Nationals:
Spencer Dembner will be competing in Dallas the 2nd week of June as part of our Coast Forensic League’s(CFL) World Schools Debate team. Our district
put together two teams of three students – all from different schools. As the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) explains it, “World Schools Debate is a unique and dynamic form of debate, unlike any other practiced in the United States. World Schools
Debate features a dynamic format combining the concepts of “prepared” topics with “impromptu” topics, encouraging debaters to focus on specified issues rather than debate theory or procedural arguments. This highly interactive style of debate allows debaters
to engage each other, even during speeches.” Good luck, Spencer & the CFL Team!
Team Leaders for the 2015-2016 School Year:
Congratulations to all our new Team Leaders for the upcoming school year!
President – Will Alexander – LA 2016
V.P. for Los Altos – Julia Wang – LA 2016
V.P. for Mountain View – Cameron Myers – MV 2016
Secretary – Vandita Pendse – MV 2017
Public Relations: Chair – Leah Lam – MV 2017, Assistant – Javin Pombra – LA 2018
Social Committee Co-Chairs: Anushi Singhal – MV 2017 & Maya Sanghavi – MV 2018
Webmasters: Derek Zhang – MV 2017 & Amira Patrawala – MV 2018
YFL Council: Chair – Will Alexander – LA 2016; Members – Joey Hejna – LA 2017, Vicky Semenina – MV 2017, Karen Xia – MV 2017
Spontaneous Speech: Eunice Yang – MV 2018
Prepared Speech: David Xiong – MV 2016
Circuit LD Co-Captains: Sasha Narain – LA 2016 & James Naumovski – LA 2016
Lay LD Co-Captains: Will Alexander – LA 2016 & Julia Wang – LA 2016
Parliamentary Debate: Spencer Dembner – LA 2017
Public Forum Co-Captains: Sam Grillo – MV 2016, Cameron Myers – MV 2016, Ravi Singhal – MV 2016, Joey Hejna – LA 2017
PF Mentor Coordinator – Emiley Kim – LA 2017
PF & Circuit Lincoln-Douglas Coaches:
The team needs to fill two Event Coaching positions for the upcoming school year. If you know anyone who has expertise in these areas and would like to volunteer to help
coach, please refer them to Karen Keefer at keefer@xxxxxxxxxxx.
Qualified college students are eligible for a stipend. These positions are for Wednesdays from 7-9PM during our team meetings.
Speech & Debate Camp Fundraiser – Help Needed: On June
15-19, the team will be hosting its Middle School Summer Speech and Debate camp as a fundraiser. The camp will be held in the mornings from 9-12, and the team needs 2-3 parents each day to provide adult room supervision while they work with the students (you
can do your own work, though it is fun to watch!). We are getting great response to the camp, but still need parent volunteers to sit in the rooms. If you can help out, sign up on the Google Doc below:
Stay tuned over the summer as we will be providing updates about our Speech & Debate Sustainability efforts and asking for your help!