A new Champion has been born – Draven and Jordan! They won the Peninsula California Invitational Novice Policy Division! Their records were second to none in the Peninsula tournament and has set a new record in ADL as well as the youngest debaters (only 6th graders) to win a novice policy division. They were the top team in the prelim! Furthermore, Jordan was 2nd Speaker and Draven was the 5th!
Something’s cooking right at ADL – its high caliber coaching, Harvard camp, teamwork, and parent support. For this success, we again pay our deepest tribute to our amazing coaches – Tyler, Dylan, Brandon, and the Harvard crew – Tripp, Maggie, and Liz!
Kelly Phil and Micah Wang broke ADL and Taiwan history by receiving the first TOC Bid in policy. This is their second TOC-bid, qualifying themselves to the U.S. TOC Tournament to be held in April 2020. Mira Baba and Ethan Tai also broke to doubles and Kelly was the top speaker. We would like to thank our wonderful coaches Tyler and Dylan, our two major contributors to this success.
ADL policy students have shaken up Michigan High School Tournament with impressive records! We are small in number, but strong is our presence!
Before the tournament, Kelly and Micah were one of the top 9 teams invited to the prestigious Michigan Senior Round Robin, and took 3rd place team award. In addition, Kelly took the 2nd place speaker award, and Micah was the 11th in speaker rank.
Kelly and Micah also broke at the Varsity Policy Division – Double Octafinalist! Kelly was also the 12th speaker out of 211 debaters!
Both teams – Ray & Adam and Mira & Ryan – won 3 rounds in varsity division, which is actually extremely difficult to do and exceeded their own expectations because they were prepared to lose and learn from this tournament since they were mostly going against kids much older in age and experience.
Then as Dylan says, “ADL students have taken the Novice Policy Division by storm!
A new champion has been born – Jay & Jacqueline Chu! Their records are second to none in the Michigan tournament and has set a new record in ADL as well. They won 8 out of 9 rounds with 17 out of 18 votes; 2nd best seed in the prelim rounds; Jacqueline was the 3rd and Jay was the 8th speaker!!
More wins were claimed:
- Chloe and Miria – Quarterfinalist!
- Judy and Noah – Octafinalist!
- Draven and Jordan – won 4 rounds, almost breaking to octafinalist!
Top Speakers from a total of 106 debaters:
- Chloe Wang – 2nd Speaker!
- Jacqueline Chu – 3rd Speaker!
- Noah Huang – 4th Speaker!
- Jay Chu – 8th Speaker!
- Miria – 10th Speaker!
- Judy – 11th Speaker!
- Draven – 25th Speaker!
- Jordan – 28th Speaker!
Something’s cooking right at ADL – its high caliber coaching, teamwork, and parent support. For this success, we again pay our deepest tribute to our amazing coaches – Tyler, Dylan, Kelly, Brandon, Ariqq!
If you have a “will,” then there is a “way” in ADL for you to be the best you can be!
Complete Results in the Tabroom: https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=13536
Jenny also received an additional speaker award ranking 14 out of 104 varsity policy debaters! We thank our coaches Tyler and Dylan!!!
Complete tabroom results: https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/results/event_results.mhtml?tourn_id=13112&result_id=97252
Winners Recognized on ADL Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asiandebateleague/
Complete tabroom results: https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/results/event_results.mhtml?tourn_id=13037&result_id=97091
More Pictures from UK Tournament: https://www.facebook.com/pg/asiandebateleague/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2388407584575077
Michigan policy camp is legendary for attracting the finest debaters across the states. It was Mira and Ryan’s first time ever attending a policy camp in the U.S.; yet, these 6th and 7th graders won all of their older, mostly high school opponents, in the end claiming first place in the novice division. Mira was also the 22nd speaker out of 150 Varsity and Novice contestants! They not only stunned the crowd, but made Taiwan proud and famous!
Complete tabroom results: https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/results/event_results.mhtml?tourn_id=13371&result_id=96672
Pictures from Michigan Camp: https://www.facebook.com/pg/asiandebateleague/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2366951066720729
Kelly was also the top 10th speaker and Micah 28th out of 86 participants.
Complete results in tabroom: https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/results/event_results.mhtml?tourn_id=12082&result_id=90084
ADL teams dominated the novice policy division of Gonzaga 2019. Winning 5 out of 6 rounds, both ADL teams were top seeds – and #2 Sehwan Park & Mira Baba #3 Micah Wang & Ray Wang; of these two teams, higher seed automatically advanced to the final round. Seed #8 Ryan Bu & Audrey Leu advanced to the quarter final round. In addition, three top #2, #7, and #11 speakers were all from ADL – Micah Wang, Mira Baba, and Ryan Bu, respectively!
Important record change: Much later, a mistake on one of the judges on Ray’s speaker points were discovered, moving up Micah & Ray’s seed rank higher than Mira & Sehwan. Therefore, while records might not be changed on Gonzaga’s end, ADL has updated their records here as Micah/Ray second place and Sehwan/Mira semifinalists.
Congratulate to all ADL teams, not only those who broke, but even those who didn’t because you all won many good rounds. Taiwan was definitely floating up, not sinking low. Also, thank you dearly to our home, online, and onsite coaches Ryan, Brennan, David, Tyler, Brandon, and James who have given all to this success. Students when they win sometimes forget that there is a very strong and clear LINK between winning students to their excellent coaches. There is actually something extra in ADL, our secret recipe for winning often – the peer mentors like Kelly, McKenzie, and Micah. We are thankful and proud of what you have accomplished TOGETHER!
Quote from Tyler: “I’m very proud of everyone for what we accomplished this weekend. It is impossible without our solidarity and work as a family. I was really proud how we rallied together as a team to win, I think everyone either went to scout rounds, explain flows, or helped prep out opponents’ arguments. We have a lot of success lately, but we should not take it for granted because it is truly not easy what we are accomplishing — we must fight as one unit together since we are coming from outside the country to compete which gives us an enormous structural disadvantage to our US peers. Yet we probably would have won the Gonzaga team sweepstakes if they had an overall team award for novice division. Everyone put their full passion and love into this event and it made me truly ecstatic to be a part of this family.”
Quote from Ryan: “When we know how to be happy for each other, the rest falls away into insignificant details. For me, the best friends I have to this day are the ones I made in debate in high school and college. I really think the only comparable analogy is soldiers who fought wars together. There is something unique about the bond debate forms between us. The things we carry with us after debate is a sharpened mind and close friends. The wins and losses fade away into irrelevance. I think I speak for all the coaches when I say our goal is to have this exact same problem at the Middle School TOC…Let’s just try close out finals then!”
Complete Results from Gonzaga: https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/results/ranked_list.mhtml?event_id=87845&tourn_id=10640
Winning 5 out of 6 rounds, Kelly and Micah were seed #3 in the prelim and ended with the quarter finalist honor in the U.S. Isidore tournament. Additionally, Kelly was the 5th and Micah was the 14th speaker. What is most impressive about this accomplishment is that Kelly took a middle school student Micah to a high school varsity policy tournament not expecting to win, but to learn herself and to mentor Micah along the way, but ended up winning big! As a result, Micah, who has been most persistent among his peers makes a leap of drastic improvement from novice to varsity status in policy. To this, I say “God blesses those who never quit and freely shares their talent with others.”
Complete Results from Isidore: https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/results/ranked_list.mhtml?event_id=85780&tourn_id=10171