Jack Howe Invitational
(September 27 & 28)
El Camino Finalists at Long Beach: In Senior/Varsity Duo Interpretation, Marlon Steven Poroj and Emily Mercer went up against two of Southern California’s strongest programs. With what started out as a field of 22 teams, Marlon and Emily broke to the Finals (top seven pairs) and ended up 5th overall.
In Senior/Varsity Student Congress, Albert Tang (not pictured), Teddy Yerxa, and Marlon broke to Finals in a field that started out over 90, with Teddy earning a trophy with his 10th place finish, and Albert earning a trophy as well with his 9th place slot. Most impressively, Marlon earned his second trophy of the day with a team-leading 7th place finish!
The evening prior to the awards ceremony, El Camino learned that it had seven competitors break to Semi-Finals in Student Congress, four in the Senior/Varsity division, and three in Novice. Of the three Novice competitors, junior Mustafa Waheb led the pack with his trip to the Finals. He finished 15th overall. Considering 99 students battled it out in this Novice event, this was a very respectable finish.
When one adds Shiloh Sacks breaking to Semis in Original Prose and Poetry (OPP) and Emily breaking to Finals with Marlon in Duo, Elco had nine different people advancing to Day 2 in this tournament. With competitors coming in from locations as far away as San Diego and more, it is a pretty good accomplishment for this young team. Keep it up!!!