Hard work pays off for speech and debate team November 3, 2008 — by Abhishek Venkataramana Permalink The speech and debate team looked to follow up a successful first tournament of the year as their season progressed at their next two tournaments at Palo Alto and Leland High School. The team excelled the Palo Alto High School Congress Tournament held on Oct. 29 with junior Varun Parmar placing second and senior Farid Jiandani placing fourth overall. In addition, the majority of the team placed in their respective Congress houses. The team also has success at the Leland Novice Individual Events Tournament, held on Oct. 18, with five out of the eight participating team members advancing to the finals, and the rest advancing to the semi-finals. Freshmen Anoop Galivanche, Viraj Parmar and Michael Chen placed third, fourth and sixth respectively, in Extemporaneous Speaking. Freshmen Sanjana Chetia, Arnav Dugar and Will Edmand advanced to the semi final rounds in impromptu. Freshman Vishal Goel placed sixth in Original Oratory. “The tournaments ran really smoothly and all of the freshmen did well,” said Jiandani. “I’m really confident about our team this year.” The team’s next tournament will be at Milpitas High School on Nov. 16.