“As the summer came to a close on September 14th-15th, high school debaters gathered at Yale University to kick off the parliamentary debate season. Five preliminary rounds and a break to octofinals later, Westfield’s Patrick Henderson & Ryan Lafferty won the final round on a 2-1 decision over Friends Seminary’s Kiran Singh and Gus Glasheen in the varsity division. As side government, supporting the resolution. . .”
On Sunday, March 8th, independent hybrid team Huntmann Amala Karri and Benjamin Lee swept the competition at Columbia University, winning the final round against Debate Camp Noah Szymanis & Tessa Davis. The judges voted 3-2 in favor of Huntmann, on the resolution "In the event of a zombie apocalypse, this house would institute a policy of destroying infected quarantined areas rather than trying to save the uninfected people inside.” Lee, who attends Horace Mann School and Karri. . .
Cleveland’s Talia Cordova and Susan McHarris took the championship at Jean Ward negating the resolution, “The USfg should create clearer legal definitions of protected and unprotected speech,” against Lakeridge’s Eva Augst and Claire Fennell. Fifty-seven parliamentary teams traveled to the Lewis and Clark College campus in Portland, Oregon for the Jean Ward Invitational Tournament over the weekend of January 19th, a significant increase from the thirty-four entries last year. This year teams from Oregon and California from twenty-four different schools made the trek up, whereas last year Oregon. . .