2/17/2018 SCJFL’s 2nd elementary speech and debate tournament »

2/17/2018 南加州小學演講辯論聯盟所舉辦的演講辯論比賽,位於San Gabriel的Roosevelt小學舉行,比賽報名人數眾多,有將近200位3~5年級的學生參加,Kudos天普市與爾灣校區的小學進階班學生共29位報名,這次比賽預期可給孩子一次非常好的觀摩與體驗機會。主辦單位表示,上午是即席辯論,下午是即席演講和其他的演講項目,有些學生甚至報名參加兩個,不只準備十分投入,家長更是積極配合老師,在家陪同孩子練習。

在”即席辯論”這個項目裡,共62位學生報名參賽,是報名人數最多的,許多第一次參加比賽的學生不單單打入決賽,更獲得獎盃獎座。
來自天普校區的Nicole Fung 即席辯論獲得第七名,Alan Alexander即席辯論獲得第八名
爾灣校區的Zhian Xu獲得即席辯論第五名,Joy Sun獲得即席辯論第四名, 四人欣喜地抱回獎盃。
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“雙人雙簧”這個項目, 由天普校區的Stephanie Jing與 Salvia Sun獲得第二名, Alan Alexander與Ethan Dong獲得第五名 。
賽前這兩組選手不只利用課後時間加緊練習,更把練習的影像錄下來,不斷修正並來回地與教練討論,其認真的程度令教練與家長感到驕傲,最後也如願開心抱回獎盃。
Adelynne, Stephanie, Salvia, Ethan and Alan
Nicole Fung, Stephanie Jing, Salvia Sun, Ethan Dong and Alan Alexander.

Duo teams on the stage.

“即席演講”是個難度相當高的項目,因為學生無法事前做準備,每回合開始前才抽題目, 學生只有3分鐘時間做準備, 因此學生若平日沒有練習,很難在這個項目有所斬獲。很開心來自爾灣校區的Victoria Fang,憑著自信大方的談吐與輕鬆自若的態度,加上平日對時事新聞的積累,這次比賽顯得輕鬆有餘,三回合總結以高積分進入決賽,並拿下比賽第五名獎座。
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Victoria Fang holding her trophy.

Victoria Fang and Joy Sun
Victoria Fang and Joy Sun holding their shinny trophies.

Coach Mr.Yazel coaching his team
Mr. Yazel giving encouragements to his class.

Brandon Wu and Isabel Gan
Brandon Wu and Isabel Gan during rounds.

Alen Zheng
Alen Zhang practiced with his classmates.

Alan and Ethan
Alan Alexander and Ethan Dong

“詩詞朗誦”由天普校區的Jessica Xue獲得第八名。

“說故事比賽”也是由天普校區的Yitong Liu獲得第八名。

這真是一個刺激又充滿教育意義的比賽, 相信每位陪同的家長都能感受到比賽緊張的氛圍,但同時也目睹孩子的成長與蛻變,每一回合都是難得的鍛鍊,讓我們恭喜每一位得獎的孩子,而沒進入決賽的同學也不要氣餒,再接再厲,下一個比賽絕對會表現更好的。
Round schedule posted
Round schedule just released.

Iris, Adelynne, Nicole, Stephanie and Jessica

Practice Impromptu
Students practice Impromptu between rounds.

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Duo teams on the stage receiving trophies.

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Duo teams on the stage

Posted by: kudos on Feb.20.2018 @ 4:40 pm
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SCJFL 2nd Quarter Debate Tournament at East Los Angeles College »

The first league tournament of the school year was held this past weekend at East Los Angeles College. Kudos students took home top awards in Lincoln-Douglas and Congressional debate.

In Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate, Kudos students took four of the ten top places. Aaron Zhang finished in first place and was second speaker. Aaron was the only undefeated debater at the tournament. Aaron Lee finished in third place—one of two debaters with a 5-1 record. Christina Feng finished in fourth place and was third speaker. Ethan Chang finished in tenth place.

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In Congress, Kudos students won top 5 places, Selina Ho finished in first place and Justin Lim finished in second place, Emmy Chen took home third place and Justin Hong won fifth place.

Aaron Zhang LD 1st
Aaron Lee LD 3rd
Christina Feng LD 4th
Ethan Chang LD 10th
Aaron Zhang LD 2nd speaker
Christina Feng LD 3rd speaker
Selina Ho Congress 1st
Justin Lim Congress 2nd
Emmy Chen Congress 3rd
Justin Hong Congress 5th

Congratulations!!

Posted by: kudos on Dec.22.2017 @ 1:36 pm
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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

Emmy holding trophy

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!!

2nd Speech tournament - Emmy Chen

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
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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.

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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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