Absolutely incredible tournament at Stanford! It’s sometimes difficult to take a step back during the heat of debate to appreciate everything that’s happening, but we want to thank all the students for the outstanding show of teamwork — from helping people prep, to scouting, to showing emotional support after a particularly tough round. Every success we had this weekend was 100% a VDA team effort!
In Varsity, hats off to Fred and Jessica for finishing in the top 8 of the entire tournament before losing a tough 2-1 round to the eventual tournament champions! This was especially impressive for Jessica’s first-ever Varsity tournament. Congrats also to Johnson and Andrew for finishing in the top 16 and Joseph and Rina for finishing in the top 32 — all six of our top Varsity finishers earned a gold bid this weekend to the Tournament of Champions in April. Andrew was also recognized as the Fourth Speaker of the entire tournament and Johnson was Ninth. Incredible work!
JV saw one of TWO VDA closeouts this weekend, with Dylan and Rosie sharing a championship with Daniel and Sally. Our teams made up 50% of elimination rounds! A very well-earned congrats to Quarterfinalists Ardelle & Grace and Raymond & Jack, as well as Octofinalists Dasnoor & Simrit, Henry & Claire, Mia & Jaslynn, and Roy & Max.
JV speaker awards were an absolute wash, with VDA winning 11 of the top 15 speakers. Mia finished as Top Speaker of the entire tournament, but we also had incredible showings from Jaslynn (5th), Raymond (6th), Dylan (7th), Claire (8th), Daniel (9th), Rosie (10th), Sally (11th), Jack (12th), Max (13th), and Simrit (14th). You are all way too talented!
Novice saw even more talent, with Nathan and Sophie finishing in the top 8 and Steven and Rebecca in the top 16. Steven also won Seventh Speaker overall, with Sophia at Ninth, Rebecca Tenth, and Nathan 14th!
We had our SECOND finals closeout in Middle School, where co-champions Serena & Selina and Ken & Jason brought home the biggest trophies of the weekend. They were joined by contenders Marek & Daniel, who finished in the top 8, and Owen & Nikki and Vivian & Xiao Bo, who made it to the top 16! In the speaker awards, Selina won Top Speaker of the tournament and her partner Selina was Second. Vivian joined them in the rankings at Fifth, while Nikki won 11th and Daniel took 15th.
Overall, it was an absolute beauty of a weekend, especially considering how difficult the General Definition: The central premise being debated, often called the "Motion" or "Resolution". • Public Forum: Not a common phrase in PF, where "Resolution" is used instead. • World Schools Debate: Not a common phrase in WSD, where "Motion" is used instead. • British Parliamentary: Not a common phrase in BP, where "Motion" is used instead.. • Canadian National Debate is. As always, we’re all deeply impressed by everyone’s energy, commitment, and teamwork to keep things fun and interesting!
Junior Varsity Co-Champions Dylan Li & Rosie Wu Junior Varsity Co-Champions Sally Jin & Daniel Zhang Middle School Co-Champions Ken Wu & Jason Zhou Middle School Co-Champions Serena Zhang & Selina Zhou Junior Varsity Octofinalists Roy He & Max Yang Junior Varsity Quarterfinalists Ardelle Tian & Grace Wu Junior Varsity Quarterfinalists Raymond Li & Jack Wang Junior Varsity Octofinalists Mia Liu & Jaslynn Zhao Junior Varsity Octofinalists Henry Yue & Claire Zhong Junior Varsity Octofinalists Dasnoor Kaur & Simrit Mangat Middle School Octofinalists Owen Chen & Nikki Zhang Middle School Octofinalists Vivian Lang & Xiaobo Zeng Middle School Quarterfinalists Marek Cai & Daniel Fu Novice Octofinalists Steven Lin & Rebecca Sun Novice Quarterfinalists Nathan Yan & Sophia Zhang Varsity Octofinalists Johnson Wu & Andrew Zhang Varsity Quarterfinalists Fred Yang & Jessica Young Varsity Double Octofinalists Joseph Mai & Rina Song
Junior Varsity 1th Place Speaker Mia Liu Middle School 1th Place Speaker Selina Zhou Middle School 2th Place Speaker Serena Zhang Junior Varsity 10th Place Speaker Rosie Wu Junior Varsity 5th Place Speaker Jaslynn Zhao Junior Varsity 6th Place Speaker Raymond Li Junior Varsity 7th Place Speaker Dylan Li Junior Varsity 8th Place Speaker Claire Zhong Junior Varsity 9th Place Speaker Daniel Zhang Middle School 5th Place Speaker Vivian Lang Novice 10th Place Speaker Rebecca Sun Novice 7th Place Speaker Steven Lin Novice 9th Place Speaker Sophia Zhang Varsity 4th Place Speaker Andrew Zhang Varsity 9th Place Speaker Johnson Wu