2017 December 1st, SCJFL 2nd Speech Tournament, hosted in Walter Reed Middle School

2017 December 1st, SCJFL 2nd Speech Tournament, hosted in Walter Reed Middle School

中學演講辯論聯盟的第二次演講比賽, 於2017年12月1號周五晚上舉行
來自13所中學院校報名參加, 共210位學生角逐5個演講項目
Kudos共有10位學生參賽

Open Dramatic-Interp (戲劇演繹) 這個項目由 Emmy Chen 在31人角逐的激戰裡, 以初賽每回合均第一名的佳績打入決賽, 最後獲得大會第三名,
這也是Emmy 第一次在中學演講比賽中獲得前三名的紀錄

Original Oratory 原創演說的部分, 由Kathy Liu 報名參賽, 早在10月初Kathy即與教練展開構思, 不論是題目的命名或內容的撰寫 Kathy 都相當考究, 這算是演講類別中難度較高的範圍, 所有文字撰寫與研究的內容都須由學生一手完成, 教練擔任從旁指導的腳色, 很高興Kathy接受了這次挑戰, 嘗試不同的項目並自50多位參賽者中得到第十名, 勇氣可嘉

讓我們恭喜每位獲獎學生, 再接再厲!!

Posted by: kudos on Dec.06.2017 @ 3:42 pm
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Riverside STEM Middle School Classic

Thirty-two students attended the Riverside STEM Middle School Classic this past weekend. Eight Kudos students participated and five won awards.

Grace Jin and Ava Ye finished in first place and Rachel Bai and Alex Fu finished in second place. Grace was the tournament’s top speaker and Catherine Yang was the tournament’s third speaker.

Catherine Yang Catherine Yang won 3rd speaker award

Grace Jin Grace Jin won top speaker award

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Rachel Bai and Alex Fu Rachel and Alex

Grace Jin Public Forum w/ Ava 1st place
Ava Ye Public Forum w/ Grace 1st place
Rachel Bai Public Forum w/ Alex 2nd place
Alex Fu Public Forum w/ Rachel 2nd place
Grace Jin Public Forum 1st Speaker
Catherine Yang Public Forum 3rd Speaker

Posted by: kudos on @ 3:16 pm
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Chuck Ballingall Memorial Tournament at Damien High School

One-hundred, fifty-three students from twenty-nine schools and four states attended the Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational at Damien High School this past weekend. Five Kudos middle school students were among them and four won awards.

In novice policy debate, the team of York Tang and Aaron Lee reached the semifinal round (top 4). Aaron was third speaker and York was sixth place speaker.

In varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate, Aaron Zhang reached the quarterfinal round (top 8) despite competing against high school students with two or more years of experience. Aaron was also named fifth speaker.

In novice Lincoln-Douglas debate, Christina Feng reached the quarterfinal round (top 8) and was the tournament’s ninth speaker.

Aaron Lee Novice CX w/ York Semis – Top 4
York Tang Novice CX w/ Aaron Semis – Top 4
Aaron Lee Novice CX 3rd Speaker
York Tang Novice CX 6th Speaker
Aaron Zhang Varsity LD Quarters – Top 8
Aaron Zhang Varsity LD 5th Speaker
Christina Feng Novice LD Quarters – Top 8
Christina Feng Novice LD 9th Speaker

York Tang York Tang

Christina Feng Christina Feng

Aaron Lee Aaron Lee

Posted by: kudos on Nov.15.2017 @ 1:53 pm
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Kudos Awarded Triple Crowns at SCJFL 1st Quarter Debate Tournament at La Salle High School

The first Southern California Junior Forensics League Debate Tournament of the school year was held on October 21st, 2017, at La Salle High School in Pasadena.

Kudos students won Championships in three of the four debate events and received the Top Speaker Award in all of these four debate categories.

Setting up the registration at 7am (Setting up registration booth for schools and contestants)

Shiny trophies for winners (2) (Shiny trophies waiting to be taken home by winners)

Shiny trophies for winners (1)

In Public Forum debate, Abigail Fang and Grace Jin of Kudos Irvine campus finished in first place and Grace was the tournament’s Top Speaker. Abigail and Grace were the only team at the tournament to finish with a perfect 5-0 record.

Grace Jin and Abigail Fang took the PF champion trophies home

Grace Jin received her Top speaker award (Grace received Top speaker award)

Kudos Irvine with Coach Mr. Yazel (Kudos Irvine was led by Mr. Yazel on the left)

In Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate, Christina Feng was named one of five finalists by having a 4-1 record. Aaron Zhang won the Top Speaker trophy in LD.

Christina Feng won the finalist award  in LD (Big smile on Christina’s face)

Aaron Zhang with his proud parents, Aaron won Top Speaker award in LD
(Aaron with his proud parents)

In Policy debate, Aaron Lee and York Tang went undefeated and Aaron was Top Speaker. Ethan Chang finished in Second Place.

In Congressional debate, Justin Hong was Champion, while Emmy Chen finished in Third Place. Selina Ho and Cassie Gao tied as the Fifth Place winners, and Justin Lim was placed 7th.

Justin Hong and Emma Chen won Congress Champion and third place.
(Justin and Emmy were delighted with the results )

Kudos Congress team

Coach Ro and his team members (Coach Mr. Ro and his students discussing strategies)

Congress team you all did a great job!! (Partial of Congress team)

Aaron Lee CX w/ York 1st
York Tang CX w/ Aaron 1st
Ethan Chang CX 2nd
Aaron Lee CX 1st speaker
Abigail Fang PF w/ Grace 1st
Grace Jin PF w/ Abigail 1st
Grace Jin PF 1st speaker
Christina Feng LD Finalist (top 5)
Aaron Zhang LD 1st speaker
Justin Hong Congress 1st
Emmy Chen Congress 3rd
Selina Ho Congress 5th
Cassie Kao Congress 5th
Justin Lim Congress 7th

Mr. Yazel checking out beautiful trophies (Irvine Coach Mr. Yazel)

Kudos once again hosted another successful tournament (Kudos once again hosted another successful tournament)

Posted by: kudos on Oct.25.2017 @ 12:09 pm
Filed under: Tournament Archive

2017-18 SCJFL 1st Quarter Speech Only Tournament

共來自10所公私立學校,170位學生, 雖然人數眾多, 但 Kudos所派出的13位選手, 各個使出全力, 表現不俗,Kudos演講隊在全場強敵的環繞下,更有許多第一次參賽就進入決賽的佳績,抱回許多獎盃,表現十分亮眼!!

散文演說類, 兩位資深選手Lily Johnson與Cassie Kao分別以高積分進入總決賽,最後獲得總決賽選手前九名的佳獎。

Lily and Daddy (Lily 與父親開心的合照)

Cassie and Emmy practice between rounds (把握時間繼續練習)

Cassie Kao with mom (凱西與親愛的媽媽合照)

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而原創詩詞散文類,由第一次出賽的Celine Tsai獲得此項目的第四名,Celine以細膩的表達方式與勵志的創作內容,每一回合均打動許多評審的心,最後以高積分進入決賽,榮獲第四名,令其指導教練Mrs.Kalmus感到驕傲!

Celine won 4th place in OPP (1) (Celine第一次參加原創類型比賽)

Celine won 4th place in OPP (3) (教練Mrs.Kalmus替Celine感到開心)

在雙人演講的部分, Kathy Liu 與 Marisa Lee第一次搭配,老將Marisa搭配新手Kathy,比賽前多次課後練習,以培養十足默契與節奏感,果然前三場就積分出眾,順利進入決賽, 最後歡喜獲得第七名佳績。

Marisa Lee and Kathy Liu, Duo team (左為Marisa, 右為Kathy, 兩人默契十足, 表現維妙維肖)

Coach Mr. Seymour with his proud students (Mr.Seymour手下兩組優秀隊員都是第一次比”雙簧詮釋”這個項目, 難度十分高, 因為很少學生願意與教練配合花時間細細琢磨, 但這次不只兩隊都打入決賽, 最後更勇奪第四名獎盃)

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Ryan Sieh with his parents (Ryan和父母親合照)

Ryan Sieh 與Lucas Lim兩位六年級的小夥子渾身喜感,一樣在前三場以高積分進入決賽,最後一路比到終場,獲得此項目的第四名,令家長與教練興奮不已,全隊 士氣高昂。

Ryan and Lucas, our Duo team

讓我們恭喜每位選手的勝利,一起分享他們的喜悅 ~

Melody with Mrs. Kalmus and mom

Ryan Sun with mom

Spar Team, Ryan Alaysha and Anvitha (Kudos 即席辯論隊成員群體合照)

Girls you did a great job ! (You girls ROCK !)

Posted by: kudos on @ 11:42 am
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Jack Howe Debate Tournament at Cal State Long Beach:

Over two-thousand students from one-hundred, twenty-four schools and eight states competed at the Jack Howe Memorial Tournament at Cal State Long Beach this past weekend.

Three Kudos middle school students were among them.

In junior varsity policy debate, the team of Ethan Chang and Aaron Lee reached the semifinal round (top 4).
Ethan was second speaker and Aaron was sixth place speaker.

In the varsity division of CHSSA Lincoln-Douglas debate, Aaron Zhang finished with a winning 4-2 record despite competing against high school students with two or more years of experience.

Aaron Lee Junior Varsity CX w/ Ethan Semis – Top 4
Ethan Chang Junior Varsity CX w/ Aaron Semis – Top 4
Aaron Lee Junior Varsity CX 6th Speaker
Ethan Chang Junior Varsity CX 2nd Speaker
Aaron Zhang Varsity LD (CHSSA division) 4-2 record

Posted by: kudos on Oct.09.2017 @ 10:21 am
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Middle School Tournament of Champions

Middle School Tournament of Champions:

Two-hundred, twenty-three students from thirty-three schools and fifteen states attended the first annual Middle School Tournament of Champions hosted by the University of Kentucky.

The University has hosted the first high school Tournament of Champions in 1971. Fifteen Kudos students attended the tournament, and nine of them went home with trophies.
Kudos was one of only two schools in the country with semifinalists in more than one event.

In Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate, Ethan Chang finished in second place, and was third place speaker. Aaron Lee was tenth speaker. Ethan lost the final round to a student from Murphy Middle School in Texas.

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In policy debate, Eric Gao and Matthew Zhang were semifinalists (top 4) and Caleb Lee and Andrew Sinsioco were quarterfinalists (top 8). Benny Tong was tenth speaker.

Eric and Matthew lost their semifinal round to a team from the Harker School in San Jose which was the eventual champion.

In public forum debate, William Chang was thirteenth speaker and Sharon Liu finished in sixth place in extemporaneous speaking.

Aaron Lee receiving awards

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Benny Tong on Stage

Ethan and Aaron

Sharon Receiving awards (1)

Sharon Receiving awards (2)

Extemp tophies

Ethan Chang LD 2nd place
Ethan Chang LD 3rd speaker
Aaron Lee LD 10th speaker
Eric Gao CX w/ Matthew Semifinals (top 4)
Matthew Zhang CX w/ Eric Semifinals (top 4)
Caleb Lee CX w/ Andrew Quarterfinals (top 8)
Andrew Sinsioco CX w/ Caleb Quarterfinals (top 8)
Benny Tong CX 10th speaker
William Chang PF 13th speaker
Sharon Liu Extemp 6th place

Congratulations to all Kudos Warriors~!

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Posted by: kudos on May.24.2017 @ 11:32 am
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California Middle School State Championship:

Three-hundred, seventy-four students from thirty-four schools attended the California Middle School State Championship this past weekend at Cal State Los Angeles.
A small contingent of Kudos students competed, and did very well.

In policy debate, the team of Eric Gao and Matthew Zhang were state champions. Caleb Lee and Andrew Sinsioco were runners-up, and Nikhil Navare and Benny Tong finished in third place.

In Lincoln-Douglas debate, Ethan Chang reached the semifinal round (top 4) and Aaron Lee finished with a winning record. Ethan finished his preliminary rounds with a perfect 5-0 record.

Emma
In public forum debate, Emma Chen and Nanette Zhang reached the quarterfinal round (top 8) and Lydia Fraser and William Chang finished with a winning record. Emma and Nanette finished their preliminary rounds with a perfect 5-0 record.

In impromptu speaking, Sharon Liu finished sixth in the state.

Good job guys!
Cal State LA awards

Eric Gao Policy w/ Matthew Champions
Matthew Zhang Policy w/ Eric Champions
Caleb Lee Policy w/ Andrew 2nd Place
Andrew Sinsioco Policy w/ Caleb 2nd Place
Nikhil Navare Policy w/ Benny 3rd Place
Benny Tong Policy w/ Nikhil 3rd Place
Sharon Liu Impromptu 6th Place
Ethan Chang LD Semis – Top 4
Nanette Zhang PF w/ Emma Quarters – Top 8
Emma Chen PF w/ Nanette Quarters – Top 8

Posted by: kudos on May.14.2017 @ 12:02 pm
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4/22/2017 Claremont Wolfcub Middle School Speech and Debate Tournament

Claremont Wolfcub Middle School Tournament:

Two-hundred, fifty-seven students from twenty-one schools attended the Claremont Wolfcub Middle School Tournament at Claremont High School.

In public forum debate, Abigail Fang and Grace Jin were quarterfinalists (top 8). Nathan Chu and Margaret Li and Clement Chen and York Tang were one of twenty teams recognized for having a 4-2 record or better. Samuel Tong received 7th speaker and Grace received 5th speaker.

Justin Hong won 13rd place in Congress

In Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate, Aaron Zhang and Aaron Lee were quarterfinalists (top 8). Aaron Zhang was also named 3rd speaker and Ethan Chang was 10th speaker.

In congressional debate, Selina Ho and Justin Hong were finalists (top 15).

Selina Ho was placed in 12th place while Justin Hong was placed in 13rd place.
Selina Ho won 12th place in Congress with coach Mr. Ro

Claremong Debate award

Abigail Fang PF w/ Grace Quarters (top 8)
Grace Jin PF w/ Abigail Quarters (top 8)
Margaret Li PF w/ Nathan Honorable mention (top 20)
Nathan Chu PF w/ Margaret Honorable mention (top 20)
Clement Chen PF w/ York Honorable mention (top 20)
York Tang PF w/ Clement Honorable mention (top 20)
Samuel Tong PF 7th speaker
Grace Jin PF 5th speaker
Aaron Zhang LD Quarters (top 8)
Aaron Lee LD Quarters (top 8)
Aaron Zhang LD 3rd speaker
Ethan Chang LD 10th speaker
Selina Ho Congress Finals (top 15)
Justin Hong Congress Finals (top 15)

In Speech, Sharon Liu was 4th place in Impromptu.
Sharon Liu won 4th place in Imrpomptu, Selina Ho won Championship in Storytelling

Selina Ho was Champion in Storytelling.
Selina and coach Ms.K sharing the great news

Cassie Kao was also Champion in Prose and Poetry.
Christina and Cassie- Cassie won champion in Prose and Poetry

Congratulations speech team!!! What a glorious tournament ~~~

Posted by: kudos on Apr.24.2017 @ 1:52 pm
Filed under: Courses,Other,Tournament Archive

Santa Clara University Philalethic Invitational

Nine-hundred, sixty-eight students from seventy schools attended the Santa Clara University Philalethic Invitational during the last weekend in March.

Ten Kudos students were among them—most were middle school students competing in fields of nearly exclusively high school students.

Despite this, Kudos students managed to earn recognition. In varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate, Nikhil Navare reached the doubles round (top 32), and Braden Wong won Championship in congressional debate.

Nikhil Navare Varsity LD Doubles (top 32)
Braden Wong Congressional Debate Championship

Bradon Wong and Coach Mr. Wheeler - SCU 1st place in Congress

Santa Clara Sandra

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Santa Clara girls lunch

Santa Clara York and Ivan

Santa Clara dinner

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Santa Clara on the van

Posted by: kudos on Apr.14.2017 @ 10:21 am
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