Vancouver Debate Academy (VDA) achieved remarkable success at the TOC Digital Speech and Debate Series #1, bringing 14 dynamic teams to the forefront. Nine teams soared into the elimination rounds, with three others closely following. Highlighting our achievements, Anthony and Eaton from VDA FL clinched a semifinalist position in the Rising Stars division, a stellar accomplishment among 87 entries.
In the speaker awards category, our debaters shone brightly, with Eric Jin securing the 1st place, followed closely by Iona Jiang at 2nd. Other top 20 speakers from VDA included Cecilia Lu (8th), Clair Xing (13th), Alex Jin (19th), and Jadon Yao (20th), showcasing their exceptional oratory skills.
Teams VDA JX (Clair and Iona), VDA HJ (Kimi and Benjamin), and VDA CL (Victor and Cecilia) impressively reached the double octofinals. VDA YZ (Jadon and Marcus) and VDA LS (Ema and Caitlin) made strong showings in the octofinals. In the Open division, VDA ZY (Sophia and Yannie), VDA MB (Aarav and Sahaj), and VDA LZ (Wayne and Nikki) all advanced to the elimination rounds, demonstrating VDA’s comprehensive strength.
As we wrap up this successful tournament, our sights are already set on the upcoming Stanford and Harvard competitions. This series of achievements underscores the dedication and skill of our students, positioning VDA as a powerhouse in the debate arena.
Rising Star Semifinalist Eaton Li Rising Star Semifinalist Anthony Fuliu Open Octofinalist Wayne Liang & Nikki Zheng Rising Star Octofinalist Jadon Yao Rising Star Octofinalist Marcus Zhang Rising Star Octofinalist Caitlin Lee & Ema Sun Open Double Octofinalist Aarav Motivala & Sahaj Bhandari Open Double Octofinalist Yannie Ye & Sophia Zhang Rising Star Double Octofinalist Clair Xing & Iona Jiang Rising Star Double Octofinalist Kimi Jin & Benjamin Han Rising Star Double Octofinalist Victor Chen & Cecilia Lu