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MVLA Speech and Debate team in top 10 percent


Courtesy of MVLA
The National Forensics League recognized Mountain View and Los Altos High schools’ Speech and Debate program. On the Novice Lincoln-Douglas squad, Karen Xia, left, won Novice Champion, and Vandita Pendse, right, was an octofinalist and third speaker.

The National Forensic League recently honored the Speech and Debate program at Mountain View and Los Altos High schools for its position in the top 10 percent of schools nationwide, measured by the number of “degrees,” or achievement milestones, earned by team members during the 2012-2013 academic year.

The National Forensic League recognized the Speech and Debate program’s milestone of 100 or more degrees, which earned membership in the league’s 100 Club. League officials deemed the milestone “remarkable,” as it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills – including communication, research, listening, writing and organization.

The MVLA Congress squad award winners included Michael Wu of Los Altos High School, Congress Champion; Akhil Avula of Los Altos High, finalist; and Alex McCarthy of Los Altos High, sixth place. On the Novice Lincoln-Douglas squad, award winners included Mountain View High’s Karen Xia, Novice Champion, and Vandita Pense, octofinalist and third speaker.

Speech and Debate head coach Sharon Moerner and assistant coach Karen Keefer expressed their pride in the MVLA team’s accomplishments this season, particularly in light of the fact that award-winner Wu is only a sophomore and the other champions are freshmen.

“We are excited about all this young talent,” Moerner said.

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