by Jenny Alme and Carol Green
Harker Debaters were busy this past weekend, earning great results at two events!
Greenhill Round Robin and Invitational
The debate team had a great weekend at the Greenhill Round Robin and Invitational in Dallas. Senior Pranav Reddy was the first place speaker in Lincoln-Douglas debate in both the round robin and the invitational. The round robin is for the top 16 Lincoln-Douglas debaters in the country, so a first place finish is quite an accomplishment. Reddy also made it to the quarterfinals of the invitational. Senior Ayush Midha was the second place policy speaker at the invitational (out of 232 competitors). Midha and junior Panny Shan made it to the octofinals of the invitational. All three students earned one of the two required qualifying bids for the Tournament of Champions.
Yale Debate Invitational
Nine Harker debaters traveled to New Haven, Conn., to compete at the Yale Debate Invitational. Alumni coaches Arjun Kumar ’14 and Aneesh Chona ’13 coached public forum debate and served as judges.
Sophomore Michael Tseitlin earned a bid to the prestigious Tournament of Champions by making it to the semifinal chamber in congressional debate. Tseitlin also was nominated by the judges to be considered for the final round and missed advancing by a single vote! This is a very strong showing by a sophomore at such a tough competition; he competed against last year’s national champion in preliminaries!
Junior Sorjo Banerjee and sophomore Emaad Raghib won five of their six preliminary rounds in public forum debate. Their sixth preliminary was against last year’s elite national champions and, while they lost the final vote, they tied for overall speaker points in the debate! Banerjee and Raghib advanced to the first round of eliminations where they were defeated on a 2-1 decision.
Overall a very strong weekend!