Middle School Team Places Second in the Country and High School Team Finishes in the Top 48 among 270 Teams at the Final Tournament of the 2014-2015 Season

Students at Fairmont Private Schools performed admirably at the 2015 National Speech & Debate Tournament held this June in Dallas, Texas. Fairmont teams placed second in the middle school division and finished in the top 48 in the high school division. Both teams participated in the Public Forum event. The debate topic was “Resolved: The benefits of First Amendment Protection of Anonymous Speech Outweigh the Harms.” Between the two divisions, the tournament, hosted by the National Speech & Debate Association, involved more than 5,000 students from the U.S. and throughout the world who competed in 11 different events.

In the middle school division, the Fairmont team of Kyle Kishimoto and Jake Palmer competed in the Public Forum event of the competition. The two students from Fairmont Historic Anaheim Campus advanced to the final round of the 126-team field, earning national runners-up honors. After six preliminary rounds of competition, the pair defeated teams from Texas, Florida, and New York, as well as South Korea, in the single-elimination knockout rounds, before yielding to a team from Massachusetts in the finals.

In the high school division, the Fairmont Preparatory Academy team of sophomore Austin Kim and junior Nick Palmer were among 270 teams entered in the high school Public Forum event of the tournament. After compiling a 10-2 record during their preliminary debates, the duo advanced to the elimination rounds. They debated teams from Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, and Minnesota, before finishing in the top 48 of the competition. After competing in their division, Kim and Palmer coached the middle school team of Kishimoto and Palmer, which contributed to that team’s success during the finals.

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