In the last three months, five Lodi High students have qualified to compete at the California State Speech and Debate Tournament in San Diego this week.
One of those students has also qualified to compete at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Dallas in June.
Senior and team president Jacob Adams qualified for the state tournament in exposition with his witty speech “Death: an Exposition,” while senior and vice president Michelle Valdivia qualified for the state tournament with her oratorical interpretation of an impassioned speech concerning funding for AIDS at the 1992 Democratic National Convention.
Valdivia also qualified for the national tournament with her dramatic interpretation of Bertolt Brecht’s moving World War II story “The Jewish Wife.”
Senior Gus Rehmke and junior Erika West, secretary of the speech team, qualified undefeated in parliamentary debate for the state tournament, and junior and first-year speech student Christian Ordaz qualified in congressional debate arguing for a limit to foreign aid.
“We are all very proud of these students accomplishments and look forward to their success on the state and national level,” English teacher and adviser Cathryn Geyer said in a press release.
The team leaves Friday.