Torrey Pines Speech and Debate team captain, Erwin Li (12th grade) has qualified for the Tournament of Champions – the 2012 national championships. In the mid-February competition, Josh Helali (11th grade) and Varun Bhave (9th grade) qualified for the 2012 California State Championships. Ash Israni (9th grade) is the 1st alternate to state for San Diego/Imperial Valley. TPHS is now the only San Diego team qualified for nationals and state championships.

The last weekend in February, Torrey Pines was the largest team (with 50 students) at the UC Berkeley National Invitational where 4,000 students competed. The Falcons made it to semifinals in the Lincoln Douglas Debate along with scores of quarter and octo-finalists. Kudos to Varun Bhave (9th grade), Kevin Krotz (9th grade), Ash Israni (9th grade), Erwin Li (12th grade), Josh Helali (11th grade), Will Johnson (10th grade), and Jessica Williams (9th grade).