seniors Gabe Bronshteyn and Brian Jue finished first in the state in their respective events at the 54th annual California High School Speech Association’s State Championships April 27-29 at Lowell HS in San Francisco.
Bronshteyn went undefeated through eight rounds of competition in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, a one-on-one debate event in which students debate moral or philosophical resolutions, to capture Monte Vista’s first state title in the category.
This year’s tournament topic was "Resolved: Targeted killing is a morally permissible foreign policy tool."
Bronshteyn defeated a Bellarmine College Preparatory School debater in the final round on a 5-2 decision.
Jue captured first in the state as Presiding Officer in Congress, an event in which students debate legislation in a mock congress setting. The presiding officers are in charge of running the round. Jue faced off with a Miramonte presiding officer in the final round of congress. The winner was determined by a combined vote of the 10 judges and 14 final round competitors. Jue captured 17 of the 24 votes in the finals to win. This marked the fifth straight year that a Monte Vista student has won the state tournament as presiding officer.
Other Monte Vista students who placed well:
- Karna Adam: second place Congress
- Michael Lim and Brandan Tang: second place Duo Interpretation
- Vinayek Ganeshan: seventh place Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, ninth Place Lincoln-Douglas Debate
At the awards ceremony, long time Monte Vista Speech and Debate Director David Matley was inducted into the California Speech Association Hall of Fame.
-Monte Vista High School