Maranatha Shatters the Ice at the 2019 Icebreaker Tournament

(L to R): Gary Cheng, Jerry Liu, Sam Bodwell, Mark D’Leon, Faith Ising, Quinn Stirling, Justin Peters, Davis Cornwell, Matthew Malhotra, Jonathan Jo, Nick Burrows, Joseph Burrows, Ronan Jobson, Kyle Brandstater, Kade Bowden, Kylan Lin, Gracie Latshaw, Ximena Santoro, Kiley Callahan

On Saturday, September 14, the Maranatha High School Speech and Debate Team participated in the Annual Icebreaker Tournament at Gabrielino High School. The Speech and Debate Icebreaker Tournament featured 300 contestants composed of teams of two in improvisational speech and debate competitions. Maranatha’s Varsity and Novice competitors have been working hard in class during the first month of the semester to prepare for the tournament and in the end were successful.

The duo of Maranatha junior Justin Peters and sophomore Jonathan Jo earned a trophy finishing in the Top 10. Maranatha’s Speech and Debate Advisor Mr. Pat Mesisca said, “I am very pleased with the way this school year has started for the team. Icebreaker is a difficult tournament to compete in because students judge the students. Many of these students know each other from the same school which would give the larger schools an edge in the end results. To see a smaller school like Maranatha have a duo finish in the Top 10 of Icebreaker reveals the talent we have in our student body. While we are small, we are mighty.”

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