For the 12th time in 13 years the Desert Vista Speech and Debate Team won the AIA Division I Speech and Debate State Championship. The Thunder won an impressive 7 individual state championships as they surged to victory. Team captains Mackenzie Saunders, Alex Wakefield, Amy Lin and Haley Witt provided key leadership and kept the Thunder focused and poised throughout the tournament. Desert Vista was lead in scoring by Senior Ruthvik Gundala who appeared in three state final rounds culminating in winning the Congressional Debate state championship. Desert Vista was bolstered by an incredible showing by its freshman class. The Thunder had an astounding 9 freshman appear in state final rounds. Mar. 22
Congress Finals: Lane - 3rd, A. Wakefield - 5th, Gundala - 6th, Fiber - Finalist, Essig Aberg - Finalist. Lane, Essig Aberg, & Wakefield are fully qualified to the Tournament of Champions! Policy Breaks : Lin - Quah Public Forum : Crowl - Shah Congress Breaks: A. Wakefield, Goswick, Lane, Fiber, Xie, Yang, Braun, Essig Aberg, Raju, Gundala Jan. 13
Public Forum Debate Neel Hunter Patel & Kyle DeLashmutt - Top 8 Ruthvik Gundala & Alex Wakefield - 3rd Place Erica Lane & Ethan Fiber - 1st place Novice Policy Debate: Nasim Mohandes & Zaid Usmani - 3rd place Congressional Debate: Jackson Wakefield - 6th place Ethan Fiber - 5th place Nathan Anders - 4th place Ruthvik Gundala - 1st place Dec. 08
Dramatic Interp Maritza Kozicki-Top 14 Elise Lange-Top 14 Kailey Osborn-6th Haley Witt-4th Impromptu: Ruthvik Gundala-Top 14 Alex Wakefield-5th Kshitiz Singh-3rd Extemp: Alex Wakefield-Top 14 Erica Lane-5th Ruthvik Gundala-3rd Poetry: Lindsay Brannen-Top 14 Sami Davis-Top 14 Megan Koehler-Top 14 Elise Lange-5th Isaac Lemus-4th Prose: Alex Parra-4th Dylan Ketcham-2nd Mackenzie Saunders-1st Original Oratory Monica Essig Aberg-2nd Programed Oral Interp: Lucas Selby-5th Taylor Gilliam-4th Bri Ralston-2nd Haley Witt-1st Expos: Simon Shen-6th Isaac Lemus-5th Hanven Yang-4th Humorous Interp: Emily Godin-6th Alejanjandro Parra-5th Duet: Taylor Gilliam - Zachary Hills-6th Duo Interp: Dylan Ketcham&Emily Godin-6th Hanna Dawson&Lucas Selby-3rd Mackenzie Saunders & Bri Ralston-1st Dec. 08
In June of 2015 Desert Vista’s Speech and Debate team capped off an incredible year with a historic performance at the National Speech and Debate Association's National Championship Tournament. For the third year in a row DV finished the National Championship Tournament as a School of Outstanding Distinction given to the ten highest scoring teams in the United States. DV was led by a recording breaking performance from its Congressional Debaters. The Thunder placed a record six students in the final round, three of whom placed in the top 6. This strong performance lead Desert Vista to winning the Senator Karl E. Mundt Trophy. The Mundt Trophy, awarded since the first National Student Congress in 1938, is presented to the school with the largest number of cumulative participation points in Congressional Debate at the National Tournament Sep. 03
Our team just raised $250 with Edco and earned another $250 through the First Funds Power Grant™.
Help us grab the next grant: $50 for 50 donors. Share this link with friends and family today. https://desert-vista-high.ed.co/thunder-speech-theater-and-debate-company Jun. 01