We are thrilled to announce that the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Speech and Debate Team has been honored by the National Speech and Debate Association with membership to the prestigious 100 Club. Our chapter achieved a total of 100 or more degrees during the 2017-2018 season, and is ranked in the top 20% of schools nationwide. The members of our Speech and Debate team are all impressive in their own right, and this has clearly been noticed by the National Speech and Debate Association.

Speech and Debate is a favorite activity for many students on our campus, and their passion is palpable when you consider their collective performance last year. Several of our Bobcats in fact earned invitations to the two most notable competitions of the entire season: the Tournament of Champions and the National Speech & Debate Championship. We saw very exciting results at these spring events.

Akash and Kayra at Nationals

Kayra I., Coach Mark, and Akash S.at Nationals

Kayra I. and Akash S. both earned the title of Semifinalists in Public Forum Debate (Fourth Place) at the National Speech & Debate Championship, and also placed Sixth in the country at the Tournament of Champions earlier this year. These two gentleman are worth watching as both have already earned invitations to both the 2019  National Speech & Debate Championship and the Tournament of Champions based on their spectacular performance at this year's Nationals. Kayra and Akash are members of the class of 2019 and the year ahead is shaping up to be an exciting one for them.

The BISV Speech and Debate Team is meeting weekly and has already attended the first competition of this year-join us in keeping an eye out for upcoming accomplishments!