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Oak Ridge’s debate team tops at tourneys

Oak Ridge High School Speech and Debate Team members Anshu Kowtha, Kaythan Somavarapu, Shariar Ajmal, Prakar, Cassie, Ravi Pandya and Sunjay Raavi participated at the Mira Loma High School Debate tournament. Celebrating with them are coach Eric Larsen and team captain Nathan Somavarapu, a junior. Courtesy photo

Oak Ridge High School’s Speech and Debate Team won twice in a row at the regional tournaments conducted by the Capital Valley Forensic League last month.

The Capital Forensic League is one of the biggest speech and debate leagues in the area with 26 participating schools in the tri-county of Yolo, El Dorado and Sacramento. The high school team members Kaythan Somavarapu and Ben Tucker partnered in the tournament at the River City High School on Oct. 1 and won the tournament undefeated in the three rounds in the Novice Public Forum debate. Also, Kaythan Somavarapu and Shariar Ajmal partnered at the tournament at Mira Loma High School on Oct. 22 and won the tournament undefeated in the four rounds as Novice Public Forum debaters.

It is an amazing victory for the 20-member Oak Ridge High School team as all the three team members who went undefeated at both tournaments are freshmen at the high school and these are the second and third tournaments they have participated.

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