Students Revive Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Byline: Kendra Wu
Due to many hours of researching, many days spent working and preparing, and many weekends spent at tournaments, the Elk Grove High School debate team is ending its season with many successes.
The team started off the season with a new assistant coach. A new type of policy debate called Lincoln-Douglas also opened up many new opportunities.
"One of the reason I started Lincoln-Douglas was to get more students involved and provide the opportunity for more students to have success," says Rebecca Gray, coach.
This proved to be true early in the season for both types of debate when Elk Grove was victorious at one of the largest tournaments in the country - The Glenbrooks, hosted at Glenbrook North and South high schools. Participating in this tournament was 153 schools from over 30 states.
Senior Ann O'Connell and sophomore Jigar Desai won first place in the junior varsity policy division. Sophomore Rudy Mehrbani was the second place speaker in policy and junior Hemali Joshi was an octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
"We had an outstanding first year in Lincoln-Douglas," says Matt Love, assistant coach. "We came together as a team, we learned as a group and had many successes."
The team also was successful at the state tournament. In novice policy, sophomore Jim Montalbano and freshman Mike Walton won second place. In junior varsity policy, O'Connell and Desai also won second place.
The team also had the opportunity to travel out of state. …