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Middle School - West Coast Championship Tournament
Posted 04/30/2015 05:02PM

On Saturday, April 18, two Middle School debate teams represented Westridge School at the West Coast Championship Tournament. Only the best of the best (i.e. teams with high speaker points/high team scores) were eligible to attend. Westridge School competed against top-scoring schools from the San Diego area to north of Seattle.

In the first round, 7th Grade team Kaylan P. and Reese O. competed against a team from the Bay Area. Assigned to argue the opposition point that “Holding the Tsarnaev Trial in Boston is Unjust,” Kaylan and Reese went against a 3-person team of 8th graders. Reese took the podium first and argued relevance using her knowledge of constitutional law and how it relates to trial jurisdiction. The Bay Area team was good, strong, and on point, but they were unprepared for Kaylan and Reese arguing jury impartiality and the Voir dire requirements of the American legal system. Kaylan reinforced her teammate’s point, citing her knowledge of American history and pointing out that since 1791, trials must take place where the crime was committed. Impressing the judge as well as the opposing team, Kaylan and Reese successfully won the first round using their skills in forming a logical argument and backing it up with historical precedent.

In another room, 8th Grade team Rachel H., Stephanie S., and Louise S. competed against a three-person team from California and also won their first round.

Hosted at Polytechnic, this Championship Tournament had 115 teams in attendance. Although Westridge did not place in the top 25 teams, they were among the best 115 teams from the West Coast. Helping judge these rounds were Coach Shannon Barber and parents George Seitz and Marc Harris. Waverly student Luke Ready gave the girls tips on strategy and positions to maintain. Thank you to all who supported and encouraged our Middle School Debaters!

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