O’Dowd also saw strong performances from Sanah Basrai ’17 and Meade Jacobsen ’20 & McKenzie Taffe ’19. Basrai, debating as a hybrid team with Prospect High School’s Meera Keskar, turned in a 4-1 record in preliminary rounds and held the #7 seed before dropping to Clovis North in the octafinal round. Jacobsen & Taffe, debating in a 40-team novice parliamentary debate field, finished prelims 4-1 and held the #6 seed but dropped in the first round to Mission San Jose. Taffe was named top speaker in the novice division, coming in first out of 80 debaters.
O’Dowd Debate will be competing this weekend at the Vassar College.