Speech & Debate Clinches 4th Consecutive State Title

Posted: April 27, 2009

Kim Jones
This past weekend, the Bellarmine Speech and Debate team won its fourth consecutive state team championship at Culver City High School. Standout performances included those by seniors Sagar Vijay and Will Rafey; in taking first (tied with teammates seniors Ani Deshmukh and Arjun Srinivasan in “closing out” the state championship) in policy debate and second in their speech events, each competed for over 25 hours this weekend. Not to be left out was senior Evan Larson. Evan won another state championship in National Extemp and he and his partner, Junior Anthony Paranzino took second in Parliamentary debate. Junior Evan Bartz took second in Humorous interp, only to be beaten by his teammate, Junior Ryan Vasquez.

The student work that it takes to beat teams twice the size of our own is profound (it began last June,) and as it is academic, it begins with what they learn from their teachers. The team is grateful to the faculty for its patience and for challenging them to be the students that they are: that is absolutely the difference between the Bells and other teams. Thanks to Tom Alessandri and Jim Harville for listening to many, many speeches. Because they work behind the scenes for months at a time, thanks to Mike Meyer, Marty McKenzie and Bill Healy as well as the coaches who were in the trenches this weekend-Dan Baxter, Dee Dee Sullivan and Chris Wolf.

Full Results are below: Most events began at the local level with between 250 – 500 participants. The top 56 competed in each event in Culver City.

Team Sweepstakes

First - Bellarmine College Prep - 143 pts.
Second - James Logan HS - 103 pts.
Third - Leland HS - 90 pts.
Fourth - Gabrielino HS - 73 pts.
Fifth - Fullerton Union - 65 pts.
Sixth - Monte Vista Danville - 64 pts.

Lincoln Douglas Debate

Octafinalist - Kyle Vandenberg
Octafinalist - Arjun Kaul

Oratorical Interp
Sixteenth - Blake Swenson


Second - Josh Wood
Eleventh - James Thomas
Thirteenth - Vijay Singh

Humorous Interp
First - Ryan Vasquez
Second - Evan Bartz

Original Advocacy

Fourth - Vikram Singh
Sixteenth - Varun Khurana

Dramatic Interp
Sixth - Danny Gould
Eleventh - Krishna Kalpathy


Fifth - Dylan Daniels

Original Oratory
Second - Sagar Vijay
Fifteenth - Kyle Vandenberg

Sixteenth - Anshul Samar

International Extemp

Second - Will Rafey
Fourteenth - Jake Baker

National Extemp

First - Evan Larson
Fourth - Anthony Paranzino
Tenth - Arjun Srinivasan
Twelfth - Remi Sun

Parliamentary Debate

Second - Evan Larson/Anthony Paranzino

Policy Debate

Double Octafinalists - AJ Yang/Dylan Daniels
Octafinalists - Vikram Singh/Jake Baker
Semifinalists - Michael Bonilla/Remi Sun

Tied for First - Sagar Vijay/Will Rafey & Ani Deshmukh/Arjun Srinivasan

Public Forum Debate

Semifinalists - Chris Nguyen/Satej Soman

Student Congress

Finalist - Tanay Kothari

Presiding Officer-Congress

Fourth - Chris Enright

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