(January 3-5, 2014)
Marlon Poroj: Marlon was one of the more successful Elco team members this weekend. In the Student Congress (Open) division, he finished 4th out of 40 competitors. Further, he broke to Finals in Novice Oratorical Interpretation!
Shawn Haq: Shawn, did not make it to the heights of Marlon, but like Marlon, he broke to Finals in the Student Congress Open division, and thus he was amongst the top 13 in the Finals round. Shawn broke to Finals in Novice Oratorical Interpretation as well.
Emily Mercer: In her last time competing in the Novice division in Original Advocacy, Emily tied for 2nd. How close were the top finishers? In the Finals round, the 1st Place finisher, Emily, and the other 2nd place finisher all tied with an average score of 2.5 from the two-judge panel.
Shiloh Saks: Since winning a trophy at the Tri-County Forensic League Novice Individual Events Tournament in November, Shiloh has not been active on the Elco Speech and Debate circuit. However, at Cal Lu, she returned to her old form with a break to Finals in Original Prose and Poetry!
Albert Tang: Albert is one of the team’s mainstays in Student Congress, but this weekend he wasn’t able to break through to the Finals round. However, he did break to Finals in Novice Impromptu.
Hilda Velásquez-Galvez: Due to an odd procedure to determine the Finals round for Congress, Hilda did not break. Typically, the lowest cume (rankings) for the first three rounds determines who makes it to the Finals. For some reason, the administrator in charge of this part of the tournament arbitrarily added his own innovation mid-competition, and thus Hilda did not advance. The tournament reported that they will either discontinue this innovation or publicize it in the tournament rules in advance of the next tournament.
Brendan Pichay: Congratulations also go out to Brendan for breaking to Finals in Student Congress. That put him among the top 13 out the 40 competitors in this event.
Sarem Haq: In his only his second attempt in Impromptu, Sarem broke to Finals in Novice Impromptu.