Our inaugural year of Speech and Debate comes to end this week. The club wrapped up the year at the recent Burnett Spring Invitational. It was a long day with 4 rounds of speaking and lots of stiff competition. There were an exceptionally large number of entries this year with over 350 participants from middle schools and private club teams from all over the Bay Area. Old Orchard students took part in Persuasive, Impromptu and Duet events. They had loads of fun, learned a ton and received numerous "superior" and "excellent" comments, along with substantive feedback for next year. Highlight of the day was meeting Mrs. Martin's high school coach who is in the National Forensic League Hall of Fame and in her 52nd year of coaching! Congratulations to Ava H. (GR6) and Sydney M. (GR6) who received Director's Awards — a special recognition given to a small number of students based on their sportsmanship and attitude.
Special thanks to volunteer parent coach Beth Martin (Quinn, GR8, Sydney, GR6) who dedicated her Friday afternoons, tournament Saturdays and countless hours of prep to the club. It's been a great year! We hope to see many returning and new faces next year.