Last night, I represented the University of Hawai‘i in an exhibition debate against a team from Hawai‘i Pacific University. Giraldine Duff, Kenneth Go, and I were ultimately victorious, arguing against the establishment of pesticide buffer zones around schools and hospitals. Furthermore, Giraldine earned top speaker honors for a stellar whip speech. The video is available for viewing here.
This result bodes well for the team. In October, the three of us will attend the Hart House Intervarsity Debating Tournament at the University of Toronto. Then, we'll compete at the Yale Intervarsity in November. At that tournament, we'll be joined by Jacques Brunvil, Drake Miyake, and BJ Sisounthone. Finally, we'll end 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands for the World Universities Debating Championship.
Until then, we'll continue plugging away at practice three times a week. The work is long and hard, but the reward is great!