Aaron Tumbaga was born in Hayward California. He attended one of the top ranked teams in speech in debate across the United States at James Logan High School. As a high school student, Tumbaga has qualified to compete at the NCFL National Championship and twice for the California State Championship. At the Junior Varsity National Tournament, he helped Wiley College close out Poetry for the second year in a row at a National Tournament and placed 6th while also taking 6th in Prose. At the 2014 Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament, Aaron advanced to the quarterfinal round in Program Oral Interpretation.