For the first debate tournament of the year - on September 20 and 21, our ASF Debate Team visited Prepa Tec Esmeralda in Atizapán de Zaragoza for an all-impromptu mixed-teams competition.
Nervous for not knowing who they would be paired with, but also excited to meet amazing debaters from other schools, the ASF Debate Team had another successful run all the way through finals. Debaters were involved in discussions regarding the ban of professional athletes who have committed crimes, the development of nuclear weapons across all states, and the academic “brain drain” at the hands of high school students going to college abroad. After hours of planning, argument-building, and a compilation of evidence from the current news stories of the world and the knowledge that ASF courses provides, a few students stood out from the 126 students who participated…
Congratulations to High School students Camila Curiel and Carola Ruíz who received 3rd and 4rd “Best Speaker” awards for the novice division, and to captain Luz María Guerrero who received the price for “Best Speaker” out of the entire varsity division! We are extremely proud of their hard work and dedication to the team. All of them were involved in practices until 6:00 p.m. every day the week previous to the tournament and their preparation definitely paid off.
Luckily for ASF, the good news did not end then... Middle Schooler Nekhil Budampati and Upper Schooler and captain Mariana Icaza went head to head with their respective teams during the final in which they debated the role of vigilante groups in Mexico. With an outstanding victory, Nekhil and his team won first place at the tournament and Mariana and her team received second place.
We can’t wait to see our fabulous speakers showcase their analytical and critical thinking skills again in our upcoming ASOMEX Halloween Debate Tournament happening on campus October 18 and 19, 2019. Hope to see you all then! Click here for more information.