The University of Hawai‘i debate team is back in Mānoa from the Yale Intervarsity Tournament. Our rising team, Giraldine Duff and Cindy Huynh, finished on a total of 9 out of 18 possible points (the top team at the tournament had 16, the lowest ranked breaking team had 12). Daniel Hugo and I finished on 12 points and were just a few speaker points from advancing from preliminary to quarterfinal rounds at one of the most prestigious tournaments in North America.
This is obviously not the result we had hoped for, but we're happy with it nonetheless. On the way to New Haven, Daniel had air travel trouble that prevented his arriving in time for Round 1. He arrived at Yale just minutes before Round 2, and we managed to make a strong showing for the rest of the tournament.
We received quality adjudication throughout, and we've made necessary strategic, tactical and operational adjustments as we prepare to represent Hawai‘i this December at the World Universities Debating Championship in Thessaloniki, Greece.
These next two months, we'll be practicing together twice a week for a few hours at a time. In addition, we're maintaining intensive individual studies to ensure breadth and depth of content knowledge in our rounds.
I am grateful for the opportunity I have to travel and play this odd word game with intelligent students from around the country and world. Thanks to Yale for a wonderful tournament, and to those back home who sent their support and love. Next stop: Greece!