In a first for the Bishop’s speech and debate team, Tim Kelly ’20 has earned Debater of the Year honors from the San Diego Imperial Valley Speech League (SDIVSL).
Bishop’s Speech and Debate Team was rebooted several years ago and now has 50-plus active student members. The team competes throughout the school year in 12 local tournaments, each of which run 12 – 14 hours (occasionally longer). The team uniform is business dress attire.
Over the course of the tournament schedule, Tim finished the season in first place in the SDIVSL Parliamentary Debate with debate partner Jerry Qu ’19, and finished in second place as an individual in Congressional Debate. The Debater of the Year award comes with a $150 cash prize.
Tim and five teammates have now qualified for the California High School Speech Association (CHSSA) State Tournament, which takes place May 3-5 at California State University Long Beach. Joining Tim in Long Beach will be Schuyler Capita ’21, Yasha Kharrati ’20, Jerry Qu ’19, Tobey Shim ’20 and Tommy Sottosanti ’20.
Faculty sponsor Matthew Valji said, “I’m very proud of the hard work put in by Tim and his teammates. It’s never been more important for students to practice strong oratorical skills and understand both sides of complicated political debates. Tim is a stand out, not just because of his success, but also because of his efforts to help younger students on the team improve their skills. He brings a thoughtful, vibrant energy to our practices and to the team.”
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.