St. Vincent High School’s policy debate team is now ranked No. 1 in the Bay Area for the 2010-2011 year.

The sweepstakes prize, for cumulative excellence for the entire season, was awarded to the team by the Golden Gate Speech Association on March 5 at the State Qualifying Tournament.  The GGSA covers the East Bay, as well as San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties.

The award is based on points earned for each win at all the league debates during the year.

“This is the first time SVHS has earned this award, and it was done by beating multiple schools that are more than 10 times the size of St. Vincent,” said Laila McClay, director of speech and debate at SCHS. “Some of the schools have 4,000 students. This award is shared by each of the 48 St. Vincent debaters who contributed to the league debate success this year.”

At the same tournament, the team of James Fidler and Hisa Tome qualified for the state championship tournament, to be held April 15-17 in San Diego. Matthew Aguirre and Josh Martin are alternates to the tournament. Honorable mention went to Drew Hoppe and Cristina Borba, who only missed qualifying by a couple of speaker points, according to McClay.

Also in April, senior Kara Flageollet and junior Laynie Stephens will be competing at the National Debate Coaches Association National Championship Tournament in Pennsylvania.

The tournament will be held April 15-18.

Published in the Argus Courier Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 11:31 a.m.


“That duo qualified for nationals based on their cumulative success throughout the school year,” McClay added.