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Debate Team Goes to Berkeley

By Chloe Cope in Student News

During the President’s Day weekend, fifteen members of Fairview's Speech and Debate team competed at an invitational debate tournament in Berkeley, California.

“The Berkeley tournament is one of the biggest national circuit tournaments,” said sophomore Amanda Li, one of the competitors at the Berkeley competition and co-captain of JV CX team.

Li and her partner/co-captain, sophomore Andrea Lin, competed in policy debate, one of many the categories of competition.

“We applied in early November,” said Lin on how she earned her ticket to Berkeley. “We had to basically just explain to our coach why we wanted to go, why we deserved to go, things like that.”

Due to the level of the national-circuit tournament and the experience of their  competitors, the Fairview team didn’t have much success.

However, the tournament did provide some valuable experience in preparation for the state qualification tournament the following weekend and the national qualifiers shortly afterwards.

“We were preparing to win a couple rounds and maybe make it to, like, the elimination rounds,” Lin said. “But on the first day we lost all three rounds, which means that there was no way we could have made it to the elimination rounds, so the next day we were just trying out new strategies to use for the [national qualifying tournaments].”

Despite having little success, the team enjoyed competing and sight-seeing on the last day.

“Overall  all it was a really great experience, and the highlight of my year so far,” said senior Avery Anderson, co-captain of the varsity team.

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