Invitational Speech & Debate Tournament

(February 6-9, 2015)

The team arrives!

The team arrives!

Over 123 of the top Student Congress debaters on the West Coast  competed this weekend in the Stanford tournament, and El Camino had decent representation amongst the top tier.

When the preliminary rounds were complete, Gabriel Salazar was the top Elco senator in 10th place, Shawn Haq was in 21st, and Madinah Najib was right behind him in 22nd spot and Marlon Poroj was four spots behind her. David Israel trailed a bit further down in the 49th position, and Mustafa Waheb came in 58th. Finally, Brendan Pichay beat almost half the pack with a 64th place finish and Jasmine Moheb was right behind him in the 65th slot. Dewitt Aklilu was a late substitute for the this tournament and didn’t have the same amount of time to prepare, but he was able to bring up the rear, besting 37 competitors in this prestigious tournament.

The break to Finals meant that the top 21 students were moving on. Although Marlon was not too many placements behind Madinah, it was just enough for him to have one of his rare misses to winner’s circle.

In the Finals round, Madinah had the best finish out of all the Elco competitors. Her strong performance there allowed her to leap frog over Gabriel, finishing in 14th place.¬† overall. Gabriel finished 15th, followed by Shawn at 18th. Although he was topped by some amazing teammates, this break to the Finals round, combined with his success at La Costa Canyon in December means that Shawn is the distinguished recipient of an invitation to the Tournament of Champions (TOC) hosted by the University of Kentucky from April 25th-27th. Congratulations to Shawn and all the Student Congress competitors for this weekend’s efforts.


On the way to battle.

The team also had a couple of competitors in the individual events. In Impromptu, Emily Mercer finished 40th out of 77, was 31st out of 50 in Spontaneous Argumentation (Spar), and 35 out of 42 with a Oratorical Interpretation piece she was working with for the first time. First-year competitor, Laris Biageyian, finished 12th out of 27th in JV Spar, and also had a very respectable 26th out of 55 in JV Impromptu.


Shawn prepares for his first congressional debate by taking on the first intellectual he sees on the Stanford campus.


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