Bishop's Spring Classic is an annual two-on-two debate tournament open only to members of the Bishop's Speech and Debate Team. This year marked the fifth year of the tournament. We had thirteen teams competing, our largest contingent so far, including a team of eighth graders for the first time. There were twelve total rounds over four weeks, with the first eleven judged by members of the Speech and Debate leadership team, and the final one by a panel of five Bishop's faculty. The debates centered on topics ranging from compulsory voting to high school exit exams. The topic for the final round on May 1, 2019 was Resolved: Affirmative action to promote equal opportunity in the United States is justified. Randomly assigned their positions on the topic, Kasie Leung '23 and Eli Browne '23 debated the affirmative position, and Sabrina Fogel '20 and Andrew Bender '20 debated the negative. Kasie and Eli won the final round, making them not only the first eighth graders to participate in the Bishop's Spring Classic, but also the first eighth graders to win the whole tournament!
Student Organizer: Sebastian Hayden '19
Faculty Advisor/Speech and Debate Coach: Matthew Valji
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.