With 2 days left, we thought we’d feature, of course, a two-some. Although they do not debate together, the Meijia twins of the Fremont Federation of High Schools in East Oakland represent a rich BAUDL tradition of sibling debaters — embodying how BAUDL is a family in and of itself.
Despite starting this year, Jack and Kim are Varsity debaters. Introduced to debate at the first Oakland Workshop in October, they have been a staple at BAUDL events — including this past workshop where they sat down to reveal why they debate.
For Kim, debate is not just about winning, but about “making strong points, learning about myself, and providing strong persuasive arguments.” Jack, on the other hand, loves “finding the contradiction in arguments” and even “catching when people mess up.” On top of going over arguments and catching each others’ contradictions, both intend to prepare by going over all the evidence and looking through cards. Of course, the big question is the first thing they would do in New York City should they qualify this weekend. “Concerts,” they exclaimed. “We’ll go to concerts as our reward for making it.” Of course, they clarify, after they debate.