I'm back in Hawai‘i after a weekend on the east coast with the University of Hawai‘i debate team competing at the Yale Intervarsity Parliamentary Tournament, one of the largest and most prestigious tournaments in North America. We all had a great time.
Our two judges, BJ Sisounthone and Drake Miyake, both chaired multiple rounds of preliminary competition and enjoyed the nightlife in New Haven. Our novice team, Kenneth Go and Jacques Brunvil, finished on 9 of a possible 18 points, a great result for them.
My partner Giraldine Duff and I finished preliminary rounds ranked 9 of 170 teams. We advanced to quarterfinals, the first time a team from Hawai‘i has advanced to elimination rounds at this tournament. Unfortunately, we did not make it to semifinals, but we learned a lot. Later it was announced that of more than three hundred speakers, I tied for fourth top speaker with the fantastic Harry Elliott (who was top speaker at last year's US national championships!). It was, as always, a privilege to travel. Now, to put my nose to the grindstone until Giraldine and I compete in the Hague for the World Universities Debating Championship. Seven weeks to prepare!