The debate season at McClymonds ended on a high note, with senior Pamela Tapia winning third prize in the junior varsity division at the Bay Area Urban Debate League’s annual League Championship on May 14-15.
Tapia began debating just four months ago. Her strongest argument focused on how the war in Afghanistan served as a distraction for the structural violence in the United States.
Despite Tapia’s victory, Mack lost the largest trophy displayed in its trophy case to one of its rivals.
“It’s a shame we lost our precious trophy — our non-sports trophy — to Fremont,” says Tapia.
Last year, McClymonds’ Tanesha Walker (now a freshman at UCLA) reigned as number one debater in the league, traveling to nationals to represent the Bay Area. Her victory brought the traveling trophy to Mack.
At a gala dinner Monday night at the Lake Merritt boathouse, students recognized their coaches and volunteers who helped organize practices and tournaments.