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Events

Upcoming Events:
 
 
AGHS Speech 2021-2022 Upcoming Tournament Schedule
 
  • TCFL Congress, January 29th (on Zoom)
  • TCFL Open Speech, February 5th (on Zoom)
 
    • TCFL Debate Qualifier, February 26th (on Zoom)
    • TCFL Congress Qualifier, March 5th (on Zoom)
    • TCFL Speech Qualifier, March 11th and 12th (on Zoom)
    • NSDA Speech & Debate Qualifier, March 19th and 20th 
 
 
Practice: 
Mondays and Wednesdays after school in room 401, in person, : )
 
2021-22 Competition Results:
 
TCFL Open Debate, January 15th (on Zoom)
  • Liora Nunley and Richie Bozzano, 1-2 in Parliamentary debate
  • Bella Vangelos and Lucas Havemose, 1-2 in Parliamentary debate
  • Virgil Andreasen, 1-2 in Lincoln-Douglas debate
 
La Reina Invitational, December 19th (on Zoom)
  • Zoe Lodge and Paul Green, 3-1 in Public Forum debate
Lucas Havemose, Sandy Peterson and Coach Ryan judged.
 
TCFL Open Speech, December 18th (on Zoom)
  • Zoe Lodge, 8th Place in Spontaneous Argumentation (SpAr)
  • Lucas Havemose, 9th Place in Spontaneous Argumentation (SpAr)
 
Springboard Capstone, December 4th (on Zoom)
  • Liora Nunley competed in Storytelling
 
TCFL Open Debate, November 20th (on Zoom)
  • Sandy Peterson and Lucas Havemose, 3-0 (and top speaking team) in Public Forum debate
  • Liora Nunley and Richie Bozzano, 2-1 in Parliamentary debate
  • Gabriella Gebhardt and Virgil Andreasen, 2-1 in Parliamentary debate
 
  • Zoe Lodge and Paul Green, competed in Public Forum debate
  • Brynn Termeer and Emme Landers competed in Parliamentary debate
  • Bella Vangelos and Ethan Weller competed in Parliamentary debate
Our Parliamentary competitors discussed whether a popular vote election should replace the electoral college, whether any countries ought to possess nuclear weapons and whether drug addicts deserve punishment or rehabilitation.
 
TCFL Congressional Debate, November 13th (on Zoom)
  • Sandy Peterson, 2nd Place, Varsity Division (House 2)
  • Virgil Andreasen 4th Place, Varsity Division (House 1)
  • Paul Green 1st Place, Novice Division (House 1)
  • Isabella Vangelos 5th Place, Novice Division (House 1)
  • Richie Bozzano 1st Place, Novice Division (House 2)
  • Zoe Lodge 3rd Place, Novice Division (House 2)
  • Journey Simunich 4th Place, Novice Division (House 2)
  • Lucas Havemose, Presiding Officer
Our competitors discussed mandating COVID vaccinations in public school, phasing out the Federal use of private prisons, creating a United States stable coin, reforming California’s Gubernatorial recall election process, banning legacy admissions to colleges and banning the manufacture of aircraft carriers.
 
TCFL Novice Speech, October 30th (on Zoom)
  • Daniel Dixon, 1st Place in Original Prose and Poetry
  • Liora Nunley, 1st Place in Storytelling
  • Zoe Lodge, 2nd Place in Original Oratory
  • Richie Bozzano, 4th Place in Impromptu Speaking
  • Richie Bozzano, 1st Place in Spontaneous Argumentation (SpAr)
  • Liora Nunley, 3rd Place in Spontaneous Argumentation (SpAr)
  • Bella Vangelos, 5th Place in Spontaneous Argumentation (SpAr)
 
TCFL Novice Debate, October 23rd (on Zoom)
  • Liora Nunley and Richie Bozzano, 3-0 in Parliamentary debate
  • Zoe Lodge and Paul Green, 2-1 in Public Forum debate
  • Brynn Termeer and Bella Vangelos competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate 
Our Parliamentary competitors discussed whether social media networking sites have been good for society, whether adolescents ought to have the right to make autonomous medical choices and if the United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or development of outer space research and technology.
 
TCFL Congressional Debate, October 9th (on Zoom)
  • Virgil Andreasen 5th Place, Varsity Division (top ranked JV competitor) 
  • Paul Green 4th Place, Novice Division (House 1)
  • Isabella Vangelos 5th Place, Novice Division (House 1)
  • Sherry Andrawes, 4th Place, Novice Division (House 2)
  • Zoe Lodge 5th Place, Novice Division (House 2)
  • Sandy Peterson, Presiding Officer
Our competitors discussed marijuana legalization/decriminalization, a transcontinental water pipeline, a wealth tax to fund Covid recovery, desalination with nuclear power, travel restrictions to states with abortion restrictions and reform for civil forfeiture.
 
Damien HS Invitational Tournament, October 2-3
  • Sandy Peterson and Lucas Havemose competed in Policy Debate in person.
 
2020-21 Competition Results:
 
Results from the NSDA Nationals 6/14-18
  • Virgil Andreasen competed in the Pro/Con Challenge and Prepared Commentary.
 
The Optimist Club Regional Oratorical speaking competition was held Sunday, May 2nd. Journey Simunich competed in the competition.
 
The Lions Club District speaking competition was held Saturday, May 1st. Virgil Andreasen competed in the competition.
 
The Arroyo Grande Lions Club Region speaking competition was held Tuesday, April 6th. Taking top honors (and $250) was Virgil Andreasen who will move on to the next level of competition (District) which will take place on May 1st.
 
The 5 Cities Optimist Club Oratorical speaking competition was held Sunday, March 21st. Taking 2nd place was Journey Simunich speaking to the prompt: "Healing the world with optimism."
 
The Arroyo Grande Lions Club Zone speaking competition was held Tuesday, March 16. Taking top honors (and $150) was Virgil Andreasen who will move on to the next level of competition (Region) which will take place on April 6th.
 
Results from the West LA National Qualifier, March 14th:
  • Virgil Andreasen competed in Congressional Debate
 
Results from TCFL Congressional Debate Qualifier, March 6th:
  • Semi-Finalist: Virgil Andreasen and Lucas Havemose
 
Our competitors discussed mosquito sterilization, nuclear power, anti-trust reform, the California Economic Recovery Act,  protection of the freedom of association and thought and combatting gentrification.
 
Five of our students competed in the Arroyo Grande Lions Club speaking competition on Wednesday, March 3rd. Taking top honors was Virgil Andreasen (and $100) who will move on to the next level of competition. Emily Libal, Lucas Havemose, Journey Simunich and Skye Fernsler also spoke on the topic "Distance and Online Learning — Pros and Cons".
 
Three of our novice competitors took part in an Open (Varsity) competition on February 20th:
  • Virgil Andreasen competed in Spontaneous Argumentation and Impromptu
  • Jade Webber and Samantha Ryan competed in Storytelling
 
Results from Congressional Debate, January 30th:
  • Virgil Andreasen 1st Place, Novice Division
  • Sandy Peterson 2nd Place, JV Division
  • Lucas Havemose 3rd Place, JV Division
  • Milan Chhetri, 4th Place, JV Division
  • Samantha Ryan also competed in Novice Congress
Our competitors discussed Repealing CDA Section 230, Solar Farms, Ranked Choice Voting, DC Statehood, Solitary Confinement and Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccinations.
 
Three of our novice competitors took part in an Open (Varsity) competition on December 19th:
  • Virgil Andreasen and Samantha Ryan competed in Spontaneous Argumentation and Impromptu
  • Jade Webber and Samantha Ryan competed in Storytelling
 
Results from Open Debate, November 21st:
  • Emily Libal, 2-1, Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Our competitor debated the merits of compulsory voting in a democracy.
 
Results from Congressional Debate, November 14th:
  • Milan Chhetri, 3rd Place, JV Division
  • Virgil Andreasen 2nd Place, Novice Division
  • Tracy Wang and Samantha Ryan competed in Novice Congress
Our competitors discussed prohibiting the use of Tik Tok in the US, reforming Election Voting Day, affordable Internet Service, Federal involvement in cannabis regulation, price regulation of the dairy industry and subsidies of the fossil fuel industry.
 
Three of our novice competitors took part in a competition on October 24th:
  • Virgil Andreasen competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate
  • Jade Webber and Samantha Ryan competed in Parliamentary debate
 
Results from Congressional Debate, October 10th:
  • Sandy Peterson, 1st Place, JV Division
  • Milan Chhetri, 5th Place, JV Division
  • Virgil Andreasen, 5th Place, Novice Division
  • Samantha Ryan competed in Novice Congress
Our competitors spoke on reforming Supreme Court confirmations, Universal Basic Income, recognition of Palestine, Universal Preschool, Tax Reform and Forced Labor.
 
 
TCFL Workshop, 2020
(recording of the event Passcode: TCFL123!)
 
(new students will need to register for a Tabroom account and a NSDA account).
Please email Coach Ryan to link your account to Arroyo Grande High School.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Policy Debate

2021-2022 Topic:

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) handles selection of the annual topic. Each state organization, the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA), the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL), and the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) all have voting privileges. The national office submits one vote on behalf of the NSDA. Each chapter advisor may cast a ballot online from September-October, ranking five preliminary topics. In November-December, each advisor then selects one of two final topics. The national office tallies the results and submits one vote to the NFHS. The new topic is announced in early January.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

2022 January/February Topic:

Resolved: The appropriation of outer space by private entities is unjust.
 

2021 November/December Topic:

Resolved: A just government ought to recognize an unconditional right of workers to strike.
 

2021 September/October Topic:

Resolved: The member nations of the World Trade Organization ought to reduce intellectual property protections for medicines.
 

Novice Topic:

Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified.

New this year, chapter advisors and member students will vote for each topic one week prior to the topic release date. The three topics that will be voted on for each topic cycle are released on June 22. Topic voting for the September/October topic opens on August 1.

If you would like to submit an LD resolution for consideration, please submit by June 1 for the following school year.

In addition, we have established a separate LD resolution for the first two months of the novice season. Coaches are encouraged to check with tournament hosts in their area before exclusively prepping for one topic over another.

Public Forum Debate

2022 February Topic Area: International Organizations

Resolved: On balance, Turkey's membership is beneficial to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
 

2022 January Topic Area: U.S. Drug Policy

Resolved: The United States federal government should legalize all illicit drugs.

 

2021 November/December Topic Area: Blockchain

Resolved: Increased United States federal regulation of cryptocurrency transactions and/or assets will produce more benefits than harms.
 

2021 September/October Topic Area: Europe

Resolved: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization should substantially increase its defense commitments to the Baltic states.

The PF Wording Committee chooses a number of debate topic areas and resolutions that fit within those topic areas at its summer meeting. These areas are then used throughout the school year. During the last week of the month (or seven days prior to the topic release date), chapter advisors and member students may vote for one resolution to be used as the next PF topic.

The first two Public Forum topics are two-month topics in September/October and November/December, and then it reverts to a month-to-month topic. This schedule benefits novices who have more time to learn and improve their skills without switching topics.

Big Questions Debate 

2021-2022 Topic:

Resolved: On balance, societies benefit from religious belief and practice.

2020-2021 Topic: 

Resolved: Mathematics was discovered, not invented.

 

2021-2022 Club Officers
Virgil Andreasen, Lucas Havemose, Sandy Peterson and Journey Simunich
 
AGHS Coach - Chris Ryan chris.ryan@lmusd.org
AGHS Assistant Coach - Laura Wade laura.wade@lmusd.org 
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