Beating Bellarmine


Jeremy Marsh '16 (left to right) and Parliamentary Debate partner Michael Everett '15, with Policy Debaters Leo Kim '15 and Jeremiah Cha '15. All set Chaminade school records for wins at the California High School Speech Association's state championship tournament in Murrieta, Calif. April 17-19. Photo by Alex Sarkissian, father of Axel Sarkissian '15.

Jeremy Marsh ’16 (left to right) and Parliamentary Debate partner Michael Everett ’15, with Policy Debaters Leo Kim ’15 and Jeremiah Cha ’15. All set Chaminade school records for wins at the California High School Speech Association’s state championship tournament in Murrieta, Calif. April 17-19. Marsh and Everett took third place in Parliamentary. Everett also took third for his speech “Alexei Unbound.” Cha and Kim also took third in Policy Debate. Photo by Mr. Alex Sarkissian, father of Axel Sarkissian ’15.

Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, Calif., dominated Policy Debate for a decade, until seniors Jeremiah Cha and Leo Kim handed them a crushing defeat at the California High School Speech Association’s state championship in Murrieta, Calif., April 17-19. Because of Chaminade, the all-male, Jesuit school did not place in the top three, as Policy Debaters Cha and Kim took third place, the highest finish of any policy team in the Tri-County Forensic League and the best finish ever in Chaminade College Prep history. Also setting a Chaminade record, Parliamentary Debaters Michael Everett ’15 and Jeremy Marsh ’16, who also took third at the CHSSA state championship tournament, with Everett extending his history-making school record, finishing No. 3 in California for an Original Prose and Poetry speech called “Alexei Unbound.” Chaminade sent 13 debaters and speech makers and now is the No. 8 team in California, jumping from No. 42 in 2014, and became only one of two Southern California schools to place in the Top Ten. This is no small feat because we are relatively a tiny school compared with the giant public schools that compete and send dozens of students to tourneys, with the entire team specializing in just one speech or debate event. In addition to our policy and parliamentary debaters, Shreya Yepuri ’15 finished at No. 7 statewide in Extemporaneous Speaking on international topics and Axel Sarkissian, president of the Chaminade Speech and Debate Society, finished 11th, also in International Extemp. Read more about their history-making journey in The Talon.

Shreya Yepuri '15 (left to right) with her 7th-place trophy, with Chaminade Speech and Debate Society Head Coach Bobby Lebeda and Axel Sarkissian '15 with his 11th-place prize at the California High School Speech Association state championship in Murrieta April 17-19. Photo by Mr. Alex Sarkissian, Axel's dad.

Shreya Yepuri ’15 (left to right) with her 7th-place trophy in Extemporaneous Speaking on international topics, with Chaminade Speech and Debate Society Head Coach Bobby Lebeda and Axel Sarkissian ’15 with his 11th-place prize also for International Extemporaneous Speaking at the California High School Speech Association state championship in Murrieta April 17-19. Their wins helped Chaminade jump from No. 42 in the state to break the Top Ten as the No. 8 team. Photo by Mr. Alex Sarkissian, Axel’s dad.