Arroyo Speech and Debate Team Going to State Championships
For the 8th year in a row, Arroyo High School will be represented at the California State Speech and Debate Championships April 19-21 after taking home the 3rd place sweepstakes trophy at the Southern California Debate League’s state qualifying tournament held last week at Cal State Long Beach and additional honors this past weekend at Schurr High School in Montebello.
Seniors Jimmy Hua and Bryan Lam won a repeat trip to the state championships by finishing in second place in Duo Interpretation, making them the first Arroyo students to go to the state championships twice. Junior Ann Nguyen becomes the first ever to qualify for the state championship in Congressional Debate after finishing fourth in that event.
Arroyo’s sweepstakes award was aided by nine other students who made it as far as the semi-final or final rounds in their events. In Duo Interpretation, junior Sara Lam and sophomore Gio Guzman made it to the semi-finals, as did sophomores Ryan Yu and Andres Vasquez along with freshmen Michael Lo and Eric Doan. In Congressional Debate, senior Raul Del Cid reached the final round and sophomore Jesse Payan finishing 11th in that event.