Back-to-back champion SMA 4 Denpasar, popularly known as Foursma, failed to score a hat-trick in the ALSA UI English Competition's high school category this year but a cross-city rival ensured the trophy stay in the Bali capital. In yesterday's final, #1 SMA 1 Denpasar (Aldwin Wijaya, Hansen Tanaka, Kaizar Nararya) defeated darkhorse #10 SMAK Petra 2 Surabaya (Jesslyn Vania, Felicia Magdalena, Francisca Victoria), which eliminated the reigning title holder in the semifinal.
like the winning Foursma teams of the past two years, the 2013
champions came out from the tournament undefeated. SMA 1 Denpasar was
previously considered inferior to its neighbour, which has produced
champions and WSDC debaters year after year. The team that won this
year's ALSA UI E-Comp, the most prestigious institution-based high
school tournament in Indonesia, actually competed with the exact line-up
in 2012 but failed to break into the knockouts. With hard work, they
have changed the perception. The same SMA 1 Denpasar debaters also
recently knocked out SMA 4 Denpasar in the city-level qualification for
the national championships after years of the latter's uninterrupted
SMA 4 Denpasar did achieve a hat-trick in the individual tab through Alanna Deborah who became the third ALSA UI E-Comp best speaker from Foursma in as many years.