Our debate team had a strong showing at their first debate tournament of the year. The new members of the team learned to present in a match while our seasoned returning members honed their speaker styles. Overall, we defended our arguments well with several individual teams winning trophies. Most excitingly, Sophene A. displayed her debate chops by taking on two speaking positions on her team, and winning the coveted Golden Gavel (first place) in the tournament. This an incredible achievement as there were close to two hundred debaters competing.