We are very happy to say we had a very successful start to 2019!

School Events:
First off, we executed our FIRST EVER showcase as a fundraising event for Urban Debate League, and we are proud to say we raised a lot of money through the food trucks and Pekoe sales. Photos from the event: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4VxExE4nU5Q1b7os6. EVHS's newspaper (Cougar Chronicles) also wrote about the event in their upcoming January release!

We had a very successful competition at James Logan High School. A special congratulations to:
Varsity Parliamentary Debate:
Jenna Bao/Winnie Dong — Semifinalists
Esha Dadbhawala/Nidhir Guggilla—  Octafinalists
Shreyas Chickerur/Zoe Corcoran — Double Octafinalists
Yashika Batra/Karan Chahal— Double Octafinalists
Original Oratory:
Melanie Robles Quarterfinalist

Stanford Invitational and the UC Berkeley Invitational are coming up! If you are judging or competing, you should have received an email confirmation. If you have not, please contact us through the contact EVSD sheet on the website. (evsd.club/pages/contact-EVSD) Please also donate for the tournaments! We are in the process of organizing a myriad of restaurant fundraisers, so also keep an eye out for those!

Club Logistics:
We have begun our election process for the 2019-2020 President and Vice President! The candidates, after thorough review and an individual interview for each executed by our Head Coach and graduating officers, have moved on to the elections phase. Campaigning in the Facebook group will begin this upcoming Monday at 3pm, and elections will be held in the Small Gym at lunch on Thursday, February 7th. Only active members are eligible to vote — see this spreadsheet to see if you/your child is eligible: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hhLTLkPOCg5WD6GbsSF2Uiq56JAyeN0D2dRiRZE2mf4/edit?usp=sharing

The candidates are: Esha Dadbhawala, Winnie Dong, Yashika Batra, Rushda Umrani, Steven Luo, and Sahana Noru. They are all running for both president and vice president. We wish them the best of luck and cannot wait to see where their new ideas will take this club!  Please keep in mind that we will be release applications for administrative positions and event captains as soon as elections are over.

We also recently hired a new Lincoln Douglas Debate coach who, on the college circuit, won two national championships and ranked first in the nation in Lincoln Douglas last year. With this, all of our debate events have regular coaching! We are currently on the look out for a speech coach. Thanks to our many generous donations and successful fundraisers, the wide range of resources has helped our club and members greatly.

We hope for the rest of this school year to be as successful as this month has been, and we thank all of you for your dedication and support this far into the school year.

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through evsd.club/pages/contact-EVSD.