· Cupertino Courier, a part of Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, Volume 61, Number 27, June 17, 2009 (32,288 readers/15,750 circulations; web version not available.)
3. Poem “Thoughts”
· Scheduled to publish in the next edition of anthology series “Voices, a Collection of Poetic Works” by Greenspring Publishing, Greenspring, MD. This book will be available at Barnes & Noble online and Amazon.com.
· Awarded Editor’s Choice Award on May 2006 and Feb. 2009 by the Poetry.com and Internal Library of Poetry for outstanding Achievement in Poetry
· Featured in a Deluxe Hardbound Edition, which was sold out on 2006
· Twilight Musings, published by The International Library of Poetry, 2005
· The Sound of Poetry, CD poetry collection, which recorded professionally 33 poets and was distributed internationally, 2006
4. Analysis: “Can Video Games be Art? Video Games as a Legitimate Art Form”
· Adrenaline Vault, online video game opinions and critiques:
1st Place Champion, Public Forum Debate, Berkeley Invitational; (237 teams from all of the country) ( 12)Ranked 19th Speaker out of 474 debaters
1st Place Champion, Parliamentary Debate, Robert Garcia Invitational ( 12)
Ranked 2nd Speaker.
o Topics debated for each of the 9 rounds include:
1. Whether successful healthcare reform requires a public option
2. Sanctions are an effective way to curb N Korean nuclear proliferation
3. G-20 should agree to significantly reduce their dependence on fossil fuels
4. If the financial crisis is coming to an end
5. The USFG should substantially reduce its reliance on manned space travel
6. US ought to value reducing Iraqi violence over respecting Iraqi sovereignty
7. The Swine Flu has been blown out of proportion
8. The USFG should substantially change its military policy in Pakistan
9. In the US, journalists ought not be required to disclose their sources
Double-Octofinalist; California Preparatory Invitational, Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Division;( 11)
Double-Octofinalist in Parliamentary Debate. (Did not lose an elimination round). Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational, ( 11)
Semifinalist (Top 4); California Preparatory Invitational, ( 9 )Ranked 3rd Speaker for “being the most eloquent and coherent”
Quarterfinalist (Top 8 in the nation) Novice Nationals at Woodward Academy in Iowa City, Iowa; 9
Undefeated in a field of over 40 competitors: Novice League Debate, San Jose, CA; 9
Captain, Lynbrook Debate Team, 11-12
· Lead novice and varsity members in practice. Monitor student progress; hold practice rounds between teammates and constantly drill students in fundamentals.
· Review cases and arguments made by students; advice on the parts that could be made better. Novices submitted a plethora (40+) of cases up to 1,500 words for me to check.
Improved Rigor – Plan out every practice, giving lectures on some days and drilling on others; take attendance. If a student were absent from a large number of practices, I would decline his participation in an upcoming tournament. This system has provided much needed discipline and rigor to the team.
Personal Guidance – Spend large amounts of time discussing not only relevant debate material with students but also build strong relationships among members. Try to include everyone in every discussion every time to foster communication among teammates.
· Positive Outcomes – Lynbrook now possesses one of the strongest forensics teams in the state of California, as seen from the following statistics:
· Won 5th place, Lincoln Douglas Debate, California State Tournament, 11
· Won 1st place, Parliamentary Debate, California State Tournament, 11
· Qualified two Lincoln Douglas debaters to the prestigious Tournament of Champions in 2009 as opposed to zero qualified in 2008
· The novice Lincoln Douglas division reached the final round of the Novice National Championships, the Finals of the Palo Alto Round Robin, undefeated at the Lynbrook Novite, the Novice Debate at Saratoga High School, and reached elimination rounds at the California Invitational, Stanford Invitational, and the Santa Clara University Dempsey-Cronin Invitational
My heightened awareness of social issues was founded through my participation in debate. College leveled scholarly research is now a familiar task to me. The many hours in the library crawling through gigabytes of data have honed my quick-reading and critical thinking skills.