Nine students from Torrey Pines High School’s Speech and Debate Team made the trek to San Francisco in April for State Championships. The event was held at Lowell High School – home of the oldest speech and debate team in the country. At the Carol Channing Theatre, students listened to speakers Richard Levin (President of Yale University) as well as Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

The nine qualifiers – Michael Wientjes, Nicki Nikkhoy, Kenneth Cheung, William Johnson, Neal Nathan, Varun Bhave, Josh Helali, Ruochen Huang and Rakin Nasar – have competed in Orange County, Berkeley and Stanford this past school year. Huang and Nasar were selected for National Championships in Indianapolis which will take place in June. Best of luck to them both!