I could not be happier to announce that Garfield was wildly successful at the Gig Harbor Tournament this weekend! Each and every one of our teams competed at a very high level, learned a lot, and even seemed to have some fun along the way. While I think the most rewarding result of the tournament was all the learning that occurred, I think many of the debaters were even more excited to bring home some hardware. Garfield closed out both the Varsity and Novice divisions of debate! We elected not to debate one another in the final rounds, so that both teams could share 1st place. So, the tournament winners included:
- Stella and Luke (Varsity), who also went undefeated
- Petra and Hannah (Varsity)
- Henry and Aisley (Novice)
- Mira and Mabel (Novice)
Based on these performances, our two Varsity finalist teams have also received a bid to the State tournament in the spring. The debaters also won several speaker awards, with Luke placing 1st in Varsity, Petra placing 3rd in Varsity, Mabel placing 4th in Novice, and Mira placing 5th in Novice. While not getting an award, Hannah was 4th, Stella 5th, Sungchan 6th, and Griffin 8th speaker in Varsity… demonstrating clear dominance for Garfield!
Griffin and Sungchan were also close on the heels of the two other Varsity teams, taking 3rd place at the tournament and only separated from the final round by 3 speaker points. Bryce and Luis were also only 3 points away from the Novice semi-finals round, placing 6th overall. I’m very proud of everyone, and hope that all of their hard work continues to pay off at future tournaments!