Our Upper School Debate team has had stellar successes lately! Just before Thanksgiving Break they competed at the Oak Hill Purely Policy Tournament in Eugene, Oregon, putting in a grueling 17-hour day before they, as team coach Mark Little put it, "won and won big."
OES was awarded the Sweepstakes for this tournament, which is given to the best overall school. This is no small feat as the Aardvarks had to compete against all of the teams from Oregon's 5A- and 6A-sized schools. Alexa T. '20 and Ellie C. '19 took first place in Varsity Debate, while Nic N. and SkyCat H. '20 secured first place in Novice Debate.
Then just this past weekend, the squad trekked up to Seattle in order to participate in the Becky Galentine Memorial Debate Tournament at the University of Washington. The tournament is named in honor of a debater who "was a fierce advocate for the power of debate to transform the lives of women and people of every background" before she passed away at the age of 27.
At the Galentine competition, Vaughan S. '18 and Jack L. '19 won third place (reaching the semifinal debate against Damien High School in Los Angeles) and Max O'H. '19 took third as an individual speaker. As Little remarked, "This is a remarkable result; Max ranked higher than debaters with much more experience. A fantastic accomplishment."
Excellent work, Aardvarks!