The Fairmont Prep Speech & Debate team finished the 2016-2017 season with an astounding victory, winning a national title in one division, and finishing second in another. The team of North Tustin 8th graders Harashri S. and Hitakshi S. earned a national championship in the Public Forum Division of the 1st Annual Middle School Tournament of Champions, held at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
The Fairmont team finished the weekend winning 17 out of 18 ballots and defeated teams from New York, Maryland, and Alabama. While approaching the final round, Fairmont beat a team from the Harker School in San Jose on a 3-0 decision to capture the title. Hitakshi earned recognition as the third best individual speaker, with Harishri being named seventh best speaker, and Historic Anaheim Campus 8th grader Jennifer C. earning ninth place out of a field of 120 competitors.
Two weeks earlier, the University of Kentucky played host to the 46th annual High School Tournament of Champions, the most prestigious high school speech & debate competition in the nation. Competing in the Silver Public Forum Division, against a field of 72 entries, representing 22 states and three countries, the Fairmont Prep team of sophomore Jake P. and freshman Matthew O. advanced to the final round. The duo finished second in the nation to a team representing Millard North HS of Nebraska, with Jake receiving recognition as the seventh place individual speaker.
Along the way to the finals, Fairmont defeated teams from Texas, Idaho, Florida, California, New York, and Tennessee. The team of junior Adnan I. and sophomore Kyle K. earned high honors in the Silver Public Forum Division and advanced to the quarterfinals, finishing in a tie for fifth place in the country.