D’Back debaters take home 3rd place trophy at Cupid’s Challenge


On Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, D’Back debaters Lauren Fimbres, Marlene Gutierrez,  Valencia Rojas Farley, Julian Garcia, Aidan Romero, and Maximus Rubalcava traveled to Bobby Duke Middle School in Coachella for the NextGen Debate League (NGDL) Cupid’s Challenge tournament.  DRA won 3rd place school. Lauren Fimbres received 9th place speaker award.  Kaileena Grajeda volunteered to help with the snack bar. Julian  Maldonado and Vivica Ramirez were timers.

Desert Christian Academy won first place and John Glenn Middle School won second place.

“I am really proud of our debaters, ” said Ms. Flaherty, debate coach.

NGDL finals will be held on April 25, 2020 at Desert Christian Academy.