GAB GAB GAB 2.0
By Zoe Perez
On Saturday Oct. 20, speech members gathered at Gabrielino High School to participate in the Screamin’ Eagles Invitational, more commonly known as, Gab Gab Gab. Eleven schools made their way over to Gabrielino, some from as far as West LA and Orange County. Over 500 students presented their speeches at the tournament, including 155 of our own Eagles. Three of the top five teams in the southern half of California were on the GHS campus for the meet..
Previously, the Screamin’ Eagles attended the Jack Howe Invitational at Cal State Long Beach. Its removal from Gabrielino’s competition schedule led to the creation of Gab Gab Gab. Since the trial run last year, the number of schools attending and entries nearly doubled.
If there’s one thing our speech team has trouble with, it’s finding the competition rooms. Kids were running all over campus trying to find their event rooms. It didn’t help that our campus grew this past year. Over the summer of 2018, construction workers were finally able to complete our newest addition to the Gabrielino campus: the F building. Since such a large amount of kids came to participate, we were given the opportunity to use science rooms for the first time ever. Despite some confusion, our Eagles and their fellow competitors were able to find the rooms in the nick of time.
To help the tournament run smoothly, the parents of the speech and debate students contribute their afternoon to volunteer. The concession stand was completely run by parents, and we couldn’t be more grateful for their help. It was a complete success and we couldn’t have done it without them!
“I came in very prepared, eager to perform, and excited to see others perform,” stated HI event leader, David Campos, junior. Campos goes on to say, “As an event leader, I felt like the event did really well but there is always room for improvement.”
This year at Gab Gab Gab, we won almost half of the twenty-two events. Our Eagles did a great job at the second annual Screamin’ Eagles Invitational, signaling the start to a phenomenal competition season.
Speech Season Kicks Off With The Icebreaker
The 25th edition of the Gabrielino Speech & Debate Team began their year in the very same classrooms they study in all week long as the Screamin’ Eagles kicked off their season at the Icebreaker Speech and Debate Tournament at GHS.
This kick off tournament was created in year four of the program (in the late 1900s) and has been held every year since at Gabrielino. The idea is to pair seasoned veterans with the newcomers in the program to spend the day guiding them and building unity amongst the team members. This year’s Icebreaker featured nine high schools and over 500 students from around the area; 150 of which were from Gabrielino.
“This tournament is really about the novice students,” senior Co-Captain K.P commented. “They can get so confused. I’m really glad we have this to help them out.”
For the fourth year in a row, the Screamin’ Eagles celebrated National Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th) by using the holiday as a theme for the event. At this year’s tournament, the team added two pirate back drops so students could pose for pictures as mementos of their day.
Senior Co-Captain J.W. commented, “it felt good hearing how excited all our new students were.”
After four rounds of competition and over 20 judge scores, there was a 3-way tie for first place, a first for the tournament. Both Gab teams lost the tie-breaker and took home second and third place.
Junior Lidskin said of the close finish, “it just shows we have a lot of potential, but it wasn’t that good of a day for us.” In total, six team members were awarded one of the pirate themed awards.
The 2018 Icebreaker was a fantastic and fun experience to kick off year 25 for the Screamin’ Eagles. The seniors and the debaters now turn their attention to the large CSU Long Beach Invitational.
Way to go Screamin’ Eagles
The Screamin’ Eagles have consistently placed in the top 13 schools in America and have been THE top program in the southern half of California for 15 of the past 18 years. Only one or two of those schools ahead of us in America are Title 1 schools (low socioeconomic schools). Speech and Debate is an activity greatly favoring rich students and schools.
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