A week and a half ago, Giraldine and I competed at the Pan American Debating Championship, held this year at the University of La Verne in California. We ranked second (only to Yale!) overall with 16 points after preliminary rounds and advanced to the semifinal, but we did not proceed to the final round. Giraldine ranked fifth top speaker; I ranked second. We'll carry this experience with us to our next tournament: Western Regional Championship, this weekend in Tacoma, Washington!