Primavera Leal Martinez and Hunter Sansom, with the Barking Bulldogs Debate Team, finished in third place in the varsity division of the recent Winter at the Beach Speech and Debate Tournament held on the California State University Long Beach campus Feb. 2-4.

Martinez earned the eighth-place speaker award and Sansom earned 12th place.

“We took three novice teams to the tournament,” said Tom Boroujeni, director of debate. “For many of them, this was the first time they have ever participated in a debate tournament.”

Even after tournament officials merged the novice and junior varsity division, which led to some tough competitions for the novice division teams, Aaron Lowe and Nick Mirza received the eighth- and 14th-place speaker awards respectively in the JV division.

Boroujeni thank Quinten Levin, “who has been an invaluable asset to our team by helping with coaching and other responsibilities.”

Next up, the Barking Bulldogs will travel back to Long Beach to participate in the Pacific Champs Debate Tournament from Feb. 23 to Feb 25.