Debaters Take Home Trophies and New Tactics at Penultimate OCDL Tournament

            The air was abuzz with assertions, reasoning, evidence, and impacts at the OCDL Spring Tournament this past Saturday, March 24th.  Students debated topics that included, “Ban homework!” and “The government should not add fluoride to drinking water.”  The final topic, “Cryptocurrency does more good than harm,” proved especially challenging for debaters, as cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are still very new to domestic and international markets.

OCDL Debaters place at Stanford University

Over the weekend (February 10-11), four OCDL debaters competed at the 32nd Annual Stanford Invitational, hosted by Stanford University. The style of debate, Public Forum, is slightly different than the usual OCDL modified parliamentary style. Public Forum features two-member teams, a crossfire question and answer period (no POI's or heckles), and the ability to access electronics during the round. The competitive Junior Varsity Public Forum field was made up of 224 teams from 12 states, Canada, and China. Many of the teams in this division were high school students.

OC Community Begins the Year with Winter Classic Debate Tournament

The Buena Park Junior High gym was full with people once again for the OCDL Winter Classic Tournament on Saturday, January 27th. Debaters, coaches, parents, and volunteers from Orange County and Los Angeles County gathered to experience the sport of debate. This tournament’s topics included the benefits “no kill” animal shelters, the use of standardized test scores, and the requirement of elected officials to disclose their finances.

Fall Scramble

A flurry of young debaters gathered on the morning of October 28, assembling into teams named after beloved Halloween candies: Twix, Three Musketeers, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, and Starbursts. Like all Orange County Debate League events, the annual Fall Scramble cultivates critical thinking, leadership, and teamwork skills. However, the Scramble is unlike other OCDL tournaments. Instead of competing in teams from their own schools, 237 debaters of various levels of experience were randomly mixed into new teams with teammates from other schools.

Southern California Regional Championship

Bringing together top middle school debaters from across Southern California, the Orange County Debate League (OCDL) hosted the Southern California Regional Championship May 27.

The Regional Championship was the final of a series of debate tournaments held at Buena Park Junior High this season. Participating students represented eight Southern California debate leagues: Orange County, Los Angeles, Pacific Coast, Golden State, Rancho California, Golden West, Inland Valley, and Desert Valley.