Monte Vista Seniors Finish 1st in the State at Speech & Debate Championships

Monte Vista debate students continued their success at the annual California High School Speech Association's State Championship.

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



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