Only two months into the competition season the Westridge Speech and Debate team has already racked up an impressive number of awards, including 4th place overall team and 22 individual awards at the most recent tournament, the Dia de Los Muertos Invitational on October 26. Three veteran debaters won bids for the Tournament of Champions at the Jack Howe Tournament, the largest SoCal tournament of the year with 185 schools competing from across the nation. The team also welcomed many new members this year, with five novice debaters winning awards at the Bargain Belt Tournament on October 12, and many others winning awards their first time competing in an event!
The Dia de Los Muertos Invitational (October 26)
The team placed 4th overall in the large school division. Unlike most tournaments, all debaters in grades 7th-12th competed against each other at this "open division" tournament.
Shania B. ’21 Extemporaneous 6th
Shania B. ’21 Original Oratory 5th
Claire C. ’24 Oratorical Interpretation semifinals
Sophie C. ’25 Congressional Debate 6th
Sophie C. ’22 Impromptu Speaking 5th
Izzy C. ’23 Royal Rumble semis
Simone K. ’21 Program Oral Interpretation 6th
Simone K. ’21 Royal Rumble 3rd
Morgan H. ’23 Informative Speaking 5th
Morgan H. ’23 Royal Rumble quarters
Celine L. ’24 Impromptu Speaking semifinals
Celine L. ’24 Oratorical Interpretation semifinals
Jessica L. ’24 Oratorical Interpretation semifinals
Ruby M. ’20 Impromptu Speaking semifinals
Lily N. ’20 Impromptu Speaking 2nd
Katherine N. ’23 Impromptu Speaking semifinals
Katherine N. ’23 Humorous Interpretation semifinals
Katherine N. ’23 Royal Rumble quarters
Sophia R. ’20 Dramatic Interpretation 4th
Lyric W. ’23 Congressional Debate 9th
Tanya W. ’24 Oratorical Interpretation 5th
Gladys Y. ’25 Impromptu Speaking semifinals
Bargain Belt Tournament (October 12)
We had a fantastic team showing at this tournament that had 725 entries!
Ariana A. ’23 Novice Congress Debate 5th
Katie E. ’23 Novice Public Forum Debate 1st
Izzy C. ’23 Novice Impromptu 5th
Layla H. ’23 Novice Public Forum Debate 1st
Layla H. ’23 Novice PF Speaker 5th
Lyric W. ’23 Novice Congressional Debate 1st
Jack Howe Tournament (September 21-22)
The Jack Howe Tournament is the largest SoCal tournament during the year, with 185 schools competing from across the nation.
Hattie B. ’20 and Ruby M. ’20 were Co-Champions for Public Forum Debate, receiving a gold Tournament of Champions (TOC) bid.
Hattie B. ’20 received 4th place Public Forum Debate Speaker
Clara C. ’23 placed 11th place in Novice Congressional Debate
Ruby M. ’20 broke to semifinals of Varsity Extemporaneous, receiving a bid to the TOC.
Ruby M. ’20 received 3rd place Public Forum Debate Speaker
Grace N. ’23 broke to the semifinals of Varsity Impromptu
Hana O. ’21 and Cara W. ’21 broke to Octo Finals for Public Forum Debate, receiving a silver TOC bid.
Katelyn S. ’22 placed 4th place in Novice Impromptu