Speech and Debate Take 4th Place in Large School Sweepstakes

The A-TECH Speech and Debate team take home the bread!

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Speech and Debate Take 4th Place in Large School Sweepstakes

Speech and Debate celebrate their 4th place win

Speech and Debate celebrate their 4th place win

Courtney Stern

Speech and Debate celebrate their 4th place win

Courtney Stern

Courtney Stern

Speech and Debate celebrate their 4th place win

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On September 28th and 29th, the Speech and Debate team participated in their first League Tournament of the year. The tournament was held at Desert Oasis High School and A-TECH ranked 4th in the Large School Sweepstakes.

The Large School Sweepstakes is a challenging competition in which participants face the top tier schools in the valley, making this a very impressive accolade for A-TECH, as this is their first year participating.

When asked about how it felt to go up against powerhouse teams during the competition, Martinique Bell, a junior, responded with, “Well honestly man, we could feel some of the competition and a lot of tension because we were going against big schools that have more funding, more money but also more notoriety because these schools have been taking the same awards for 20+ years.”

Karla Aleman-Valencia’s reaction to acquiring 4th place was one of pride.

“Honestly I felt kind of proud, ’cause I felt I had a form of contribution to that,” said Aleman-Valencia. “Despite the fact that my partner and I placed 3rd for Public Forums, so I was liked, oh ya, I made a difference, you know.”

When asked about how it felt getting 4th place, Jefrin Jojan, a junior, said, “I mean, honestly, it was a bit more of a surprise than anything, because we really like did not expect to get like 4th. We heard 5th being called on, and we were like, aww okay if we don’t get fifth we definitely won’t get anything above. Then we got 4th and we were really surprised, and it was all thank to our really amazing congress team.”

Jojan felt that getting 4th place was a very pleasant surprise, and junior Yaseen Shah agreed.

“I think that my overall experience was great ’cause I love competing at Debate tournaments and I debated at one a long time ago but now it’s more recent and everything, so it’s like really great debating,” said Shah. “Like the experience is so great. Getting to the debate atmosphere, seeing everyone from different schools. And then I was on stage and everything, so there was a lot of great competitors that I saw. It was a great experience overall.”

Matthew Vogel, a freshman, gave his thoughts on going up against larger school during the event.

“It was actually a very exciting experience knowing that we were going to challenge and really better the A-TECH school as we would just adapt to that. So I think it’s really cool that I am a part of something bigger than myself, you know going to the larger school thing. And we can now compete with school that are suppose to be much better than us,” said Vogel. “It was like a sports team when they win the Superbowl. We were like cheering like crazy when we got 4th place.”

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