Two Mountain View High School graduates will leave Monday for Dublin, Ireland, to take on the world’s best debaters.
Dylan Gadek and Adam Chilton competed together in high school debate events before graduating in 2003.
And now they are teammates at Yale University.
The Ivy Leaguers said working together on speech and debate teams in high school and continuing through college has honed their skills.
"Since we’ve known each other for so long, we know our strengths and weaknesses," said Chilton, 21. "It’s definitely an edge for us."
The "edge" has helped them place in the top 10 at prestigious tournaments, including events in November at Oxford University and the University of Cambridge in England.
The Mesa graduates debate in parliamentary style, in which four teams of two debate a world topic.
Chilton said his experiences at Yale have led to incredible job opportunities, including working on trade negotiations for a Congress member in Washington, D.C.
What’s more special about their situation at Yale is neither thought they would both be accepted to the university or ever debate together again.
"It’s very rare that two students would go to Yale, and we’d be debate partners," Chilton said.
Gadek estimated that more than 40 countries and 350 teams will be represented at the World Universities Debating Championships in Dublin.
"It’s one of the few times debaters can prove themselves not only in the country, but in the world," Gadek said.