Harker debate students made history in the final week leading up to the holiday break, being the first team to both win the Public Forum open invitational and the elite Public Forum round robin hosted by The Blake School in Minneapolis.
Anuj Sharma and Aneesh Chona, both grade 12, won the Public Forum division of the 50th annual John Edie Holiday Classic, a tournament that boasts 104 entries from throughout the United States. Chona also earned 11th overall speaker and Sharma earned 12th overall speaker out of 208 students. Seniors David Grossman and Nikhil Agarwal made it to the top 16 teams and seniors Reyhan Kader and Kiran Arimilli earned a spot in the top 32.
The Twin Cities Round Robin, an elite tournament inviting 12 of the top Public Forum teams in the country, was held the day after the open invitational concluded. Sharma and Chona won their preliminary pod and went on to win the round robin. Chona was named the top overall speaker at the round robin and Sharma earned second overall speaker.