Speech & Debate Captures 3rd Consecutive State Championship

Posted: April 21, 2008

Kim Jones

Over the weekend, the Bellarmine Speech & Debate team won the team state championship for the third year in a row after three grueling days of competition at Santa Clara University. By no means was the victory easy: good and old friends Leland High School never let up and at the end, the Bells prevailed by just five points.

Special congratulations go to Policy Debate winners Joe Grimes ’08 and Will Rafey ‘09, International extemp champion the very same Will Rafey, National Extemp champ Evan Larson ‘09, and Advocacy champion Chip Morton ‘08. Seniors Calvin Lee (in his first year of competition in the event) took second in Lincoln Douglas Debate and Stephen Elrod took second in Dramatic Interp. Full results are below.

Results
California High School Speech and Debate Championships
April 18 – 20, 2008

Team Sweepstakes-Large School
First - 127 pts. - Bellarmine
Second - 122 pts. - Leland
Third - 114 pts. - James Logan
Fourth - 72 pts. - Gabrielino
Fifth - 51 pts. - Monta Vista, Danville

Policy Debate
First - Joe Grimes and Will Rafey
Third - Sagar Vijay and Ani Deshmukh
Fourth - Erik Johnson and Eric Maltiel
Quarters - Nate Wong and Nick Simmons
Octos - Krishna Kalpathy and Vikas Yendluri
Double Octos - Terry Reilly and Chris Nguyen

Lincoln Douglas Debate
Second - Calvin Lee
Sixth - Arvind Kannan

Public Forum Debate
Quarters - Parijat Chakrabarti and Sunil Bodapati

International Extemporaneous
First - Will Rafey
Seventh - Matt Rossetto
Seventeenth - Nate Wong

National Extemporaneous
First - Evan Larson
Seventh - Carl Rice
Thirteenth - Arjun Srinivsan

Expository
Fifth - Terry Reilly
Seventh - Aakash Sathappan (the only frosh on the State team

Humorous Interpretation
Sixth - Ryan Vasquez
Twelfth - Dylan Daniels
Thirteenth - Evan Bartz

Dramatic Interpretation
Second - Stephen Elrod
Sixth - Danny Gould

Impromptu
Twelfth - Anthony Paranzino
Fourteenth - Calvin Lee

Congress
Presiding Officer - Fourth - Chris Enright
Semifinalist - Ben Perotin

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