Debate swings into victory

The debate team makes an impact at their swing tournament San Angelo.


Stef Cambra

Students pose with their winnings after placing in both the Blue and Orange tournaments.

Isis Kazadi and Dylan Kinney

Debate performed well in the San Angelo Speech and Debate Swing Tournament on Nov. 1-2 which featured a two in one competition.

“A swing is where two tournaments happen in one weekend at the same location,” coach Stef Cambra said. “It allows students two opportunities to earn points for the state tournament qualifications.”

Debate had the opportunity to shine, coming away with first place finishes in categories such as Original Oratory, Informative Speaking, Point of Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, and Best Social Media. The team also returned with second place wins in Domestic Extemporaneous, International Extemporaneous and Original Extemporaneous categories. Debate rounded out their outstanding performance with third place finishes in the Original Oratory and Dramatic Interpretation divisions.

Junior Jishnu Basu and Julia Lin, did exceptionally well, with Basu coming away with first or second place win in four divisions like Blue Tournament Congressional Debate, Domestic Extemporaneous, Orange Tournament Congressional Debate and International Extemporaneous; Lin left her mark by placing in seven different categories.

“We did amazing in both tournaments,” Cambra said. “We even got recognition for the Team Efficiency Sweepstakes award.”

The award showcased teams with fewer participants and with only six teammates, debate yet again illustrated Wildcat pride by winning this award.

“If you see any participants make sure you congratulate them in the halls,” Cambra said.