While I did not accomplish my stretch goal of winning or my moderate goal of breaking, Giraldine Duff and I still achieved the best result ever by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, ranking 80 of 370 teams from around the world. For more perspective, only fourteen American universities ranked ahead of us.
Thanks to our coaches Daniel Anthony Hugo, Jonathan Cham, Cody Hensarling, and Justin Bongco. For more than a year, they volunteered to provide guidance and support for the team, and I have benefited most from their efforts. To have learned from these brilliant men is one of my greatest blessings.
Thanks to all the people who contributed to help our team make it to competition. Mentors, Robert Aune, Sean Tadaki and Eric Paul Shaffer. Fellow competitors, Cole Limbach and Scott Porter. And friends new and old, LeaDan Yee and Giancarlo Minga. We could not have made it to the Hague without your help.
Thanks to Kenneth Go for all the great jokes and joke opportunities. You are a stellar travel companion. The future of Hawai‘i debating is bright because of your dedication to improvement and positive attitude toward competition. Now, all you have to do is come to practice, haha.
But the greatest thanks go to my partner Giraldine. In the last year, we competed in Honolulu, Jamaica, Atlanta, Toronto, New Haven, and the Netherlands. After hundreds of hours of practicing and debating together, I still enjoy each round with you. And for the first time ever, I felt completely at peace after a tournament, disappointed only that we did not have the opportunity to debate again.