|Seven middle schoolers, their coach and two moms emerged on the scene at the National Junior Forensic League's National Debate Tournament, in Dallas, Texas, on June 16-18. 61 schools from around the United States came looking for some recognition. When the final curtain fell, the Hua Xia debaters earned plenty of bragging rights. One student, 7th grader Felix Tan, made the final 8 in the nation, in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Felix also tied for 2nd place best speaker in the U.S. Lindsey Li, 8th grader, finished in the top 16 in LD and was 5th best speaker in the nation. Kevin Si, grade 7, followed closely behind Lindsey by garnering 6th place best speaker in the U.S.|
This was the first ever showing of Hua Xia Chinese School at a National Tournament. The program was started by Mr. Stan Magee in the Fall of 2009. Stan is a distinguished, NFL 4-diamond coach, and the retired, 20-year coach of the highly recognized Dulles High School Debate Team in the Ft. Bend ISD School District. TheHuaXia Debate Team under his coaching has won 6 of the 9 tournaments in which they have competed. And, winning 52% of your rounds on the national stage is no small accomplishment. Other members of the National team are: Angie Rao, Amy Ma, Jessica Jin, and Jonathan Sun. Other debate team members include: Rowena Chang, Yvonne Huang, Michael Huang, Emily Zhuang, Alex Jiang, Victor Xu, Grace Huang, Sophia Wang and Aida Lu.
“Thanks” also go to all the parents for their continued support and especially to Lynda Li and Sherry Jin for accompanying Mr. Magee and the team to Dallas. Lisa Yan was so instrumental in doing the planning and logistics prior to the Nationals trip. Next year’s national tournament will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the team has most of its members returning for another season and they are looking forward to greater achievements next summer! Coach Magee was quoted as saying, “It is so remarkable to see a group of young middle school students come together in a united cause and work long hours for success in debate competitions. I am proud to be a part of their winning.”