Article by: Grace Jin
From Saturday, Feb. 29 to Sunday, Mar. 1, students from over 15 high schools across Orange County gathered at Godinez Fundamental High School for the 2020 OCSL State Qualifying Tournament.
OCSL, or the Orange County Speech League, is a local league for the California High School Speech Association centered in Orange County, serving high schools from across the county. The OCSL State Qualifiers is one of the final tournaments organized by the Orange County Speech League this season and determines which students are allowed to compete at this year’s state championships. Additionally, to compete in the qualifying tournament, students must have participated in at least one other OCSL tournament from that season, including OCSL 1, 2, and OCSL Novice.
The OCSL Fall Tournament offered a wide range of speech and debate events, reaching a total of 17 events. Out of these, five debate events were offered, ranging from Policy Debate to Lincoln-Douglas Debate to Public Forum Debate among many others. The remaining 12 events were speech events, the most popular ones being both Oratorical Interpretation and Impromptu Speaking.
By Sunday nightfall, all of the event finals had finished, and the results were released. A day’s worth of hard work, determination and fun was finally over, and all the competitors’ perseverance had paid off. Additionally, a handful of lucky and hard-working individuals received the exciting opportunity to participate in this year’s state championships!
Congratulations to all of the competitors, and best of luck to those moving on to the state level!
To access the tournament homepage, see here: