Last weekend, your Fairmont Prep debate team competed at the 2018 Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Invitational, hosted by Arizona State University. Fifteen Prep students competed in this octofinal bid tournament, which awards bids to the year-end Tournament of Champions (ToC) to the top 16 teams.

Traditionally, tournaments that distribute bids to teams that advance to octofinals boast the stiffest competition in the country, and Arizona fit the bill. Some of the best teams in the country, including Fairmont Prep, were in attendance. Overall, 191 Public Forum teams from all across the nation competed at the varsity level.

Starting off with news from Novice Public Forum, Fairmont Prep freshman Rylen Patel’s partner fell ill before the start of competition. Patel forged ahead, debating teams of two by himself, and earned a record of four wins and two losses. He then advanced to elimination rounds, in which he made it to the top 16 teams before being defeated. Overall, he ended up in 12th place in a field of 56 teams in his first ever travel tournament.

Our Varsity Public Forum team also delivered solid performances. The team of Gurveer Singh and Adnan Ismail advanced to triple octofinals before being eliminated in a close 2-1 decision, placing 63rd overall in the competition. After weeks of hard work and diligence, juniors Scott Hong and Kyle Kishimoto advanced to octofinals and secured themselves their first gold bid to the Tournament of Champions! After a fierce octofinal debate, with an audience of dozens, Hong and Kishimoto lost in octos on a 2-1 decision, securing themselves 14th place overall. This is each student’s first gold bid to the Tournament of Champions and the fifth gold bid overall for Fairmont Prep this year.

This was a great start to the second semester! Nice work, Huskies!