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I haven't been active in the debate community since early 2015. How did Monta Vista PS just come out of nowhere, and win like every final round of the tournaments that they go to?

 

Do you think that they're going to win the TOC this year?

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I want to draw an important distinction: Bellarmine has great coaching and resources, but the thrust of those resources has always been communicating your arguments well to any observer. That manifests itself in an emphasis on speech and lay debate. At least since 2009, the national circuit team's success (practice rounds, strategy creation, card cutting, etc) has been almost entirely student-driven, with the occasional help of alums.

 

While every team stands on the shoulders of those before them, it's not fair to PS to attribute them as the product of some Bellarmine circuit system. (Not trying to ascribe intent/connotation to previous posters, just want to make a more general point clear.) The institutional attitude towards circuit debate is just not that of Greenhill or MBA. Plus, they haven't attended the school this year, and this season has been all them. They've put an enormous amount of time into research, practice speeches, strategy, etc, and their incredible season is a result of that.

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They used to be a Bellarmine team, but moved to Monta Vista and now they're winning like every invitational.

Why change schools?  Must be awkward changing your entire social scene senior year. 

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