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Regis captures inaugural Horace Mann Invitational


In a significant milestone for both the East Coast circuit and high school parliamentary debate as a whole, the New York Parliamentary Debate League hosted its first official tournament at Horace Mann. New this year, the NYPDL is run entirely by students. The result, however, was hardly new, with the invitational yielding yet another victory for Regis High School. The Regis pair of Jack Delaney & Aidan O’Gara triumphed in four rounds, finishing. . . READ MORE

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Regis captures inaugural Horace Mann Invitational


In a significant milestone for both the East Coast circuit and high school parliamentary debate as a whole, the New York Parliamentary Debate League hosted its first official tournament at Horace Mann. New this year, the NYPDL is run entirely by students. The result, however, was hardly new, with the invitational yielding yet another victory for Regis High School. The Regis pair of Jack Delaney & Aidan O’Gara triumphed in four rounds, finishing. . . READ MORE

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Los Altos Hybrid Wins Dempsey-Cronin for Second Consecutive Year


After five preliminary rounds and four prior elimination rounds, the Los Altos/Notre Dame hybrid duo of Spencer Dembner & Lilly Hackworth triumphed over Evergreen Valley’s Poojan Shukla & Marek Zielinski in the final round of Santa Clara University’s Dempsey-Cronin Invitational. Affirming the resolution, “The United States Federal Government should significantly increase funding to develop safety infrastructure for the use of highly autonomous vehicles,” Dembner & Hackworth prevailed on a narrow 3-2 decision. . . READ MORE

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Los Altos Hybrid Wins Dempsey-Cronin for Second Consecutive Year


After five preliminary rounds and four prior elimination rounds, the Los Altos/Notre Dame hybrid duo of Spencer Dembner & Lilly Hackworth triumphed over Evergreen Valley’s Poojan Shukla & Marek Zielinski in the final round of Santa Clara University’s Dempsey-Cronin Invitational. Affirming the resolution, “The United States Federal Government should significantly increase funding to develop safety infrastructure for the use of highly autonomous vehicles,” Dembner & Hackworth prevailed on a narrow 3-2 decision. . . READ MORE

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Sonoma Claims National Parliamentary Debate Invitational


In the span of two action-packed days, a pool of 65 entries at the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational boiled down to just two teams in the final round. Negating that “The United States Federal Government should replace democracy with a new and distinct political system,” Sonoma’s Caleb Kornfein & Aris Saxena defeated Evergreen’s Poojan Shukla & Marek Zielinski on a thread thin 4-3 split decision. Spectators present for last year’s finals round must have. . . READ MORE

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Sonoma Claims National Parliamentary Debate Invitational


In the span of two action-packed days, a pool of 65 entries at the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational boiled down to just two teams in the final round. Negating that “The United States Federal Government should replace democracy with a new and distinct political system,” Sonoma’s Caleb Kornfein & Aris Saxena defeated Evergreen’s Poojan Shukla & Marek Zielinski on a thread thin 4-3 split decision. Spectators present for last year’s finals round must have. . . READ MORE

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Who We Are


Learn more about the people who keep the site in motion.

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Who We Are


Learn more about the people who keep the site in motion.

Sierra Maciorowski, Web Admin & Editor-in-Chief

Sierra Maciorowski joined POI in 2014 as editor of the opinion page, became editor-in-chief and website administrator in 2015, and continues this year with both editing and general website administration. In high school, she debated for Sonoma Academy, and saw her team rise to third in the nation during her year as captain. Debating with six different partners her senior year, Sierra finished the 2014-2015 season ranked #10 individually, reaching finals at NPDI and quarters at the Tournament of Champions. During a gap year, she competed at the Santa Rosa Junior College in NPDA for one semester, where she reached semifinals at the Golden Gate Opener, quarterfinals at UNR, and finals at Berkeley. She finished her NPDA career ranked #20 nationally, and studies Science, Technology, and Society, and English at Stanford University, where she is also an undergraduate intern for the Stanford Law Review. In 2015, Sierra started her coaching career with private students and middle-schoolers at Sonoma Country Day School, and she now serves as a director and instructor for the middle-school and high-school programs at the POI Debate Institute, in addition to coaching the Mountain View - Los Altos parliamentary debate team. 


Mehak Sharma, News Editor

A senior at Prospect High School, Mehak has participated in parliamentary debate for two years, and joined POI in 2015 as one of our Northern California correspondents. This year, she moves into the role of news editor, working with our correspondents to prepare articles for publication. She reached octofinals at the Santa Clara Philalethic Invitational in 2015 and the Dempsey-Cronin Invitational in 2016, was the novice champion of the Cal Lutheran Invitational her freshman year, and has helped run Prospect's Georgiana Hays Invitational each spring as secretary of her debate team. In addition to debate, Mehak competes on a lyrical dance team, runs for her school's cross-country and track teams, participates in mock trial, and serves as an editor for her school publication, the Paragon.

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Karl Moeglein, Senior Oregon Correspondent

Karl is a senior at Ashland High School, where he has debated since his sophomore year, and joined the POI team in 2015. Last year, he reached double-octofinals at the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational, quarterfinals at the Jean Ward Invitational at Lewis & Clark College, and was the champion and top speaker of the Robert D. Clark Invitational at the University of Oregon. He finished the year ranked 15th in the POI rankings and is a two-time national qualifier in extemporaneous speaking. Beyond debate, Karl plays hockey, takes long hikes in the magical Oregon wilderness, is editor-in-chief of his school’s newspaper, and announces games for the football team.


SARAJANE GRIFFITHS, OREGON CORRESPONDENT

SaraJane is a senior at Lake Oswego High School, and has debated since she was a founding member of her middle school debate team in eighth grade. Although last year was her first competing in parliamentary debate, she ended the season ranked 37th in the POI rankings.  She reached semi-finals at the Oregon State Championship, making her and her partner the first all-female parliamentary debate team to place in the top three in the state in 10 years. Outside of debate, SaraJane sings in both her school’s classical choir and contemporary a cappella group, plays co-ed recreational soccer with her friends, and is a regular at Powell’s bookstore and local coffeeshops. 

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EMILY HER, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CORRESPONDENT

A junior, Emily attends and debates for Dougherty Valley High School. She has done parliamentary debate for three years, and hopes to be able to experience other speech or debate events soon. As the team’s Lieutenant Captain of Parliamentary Debate, Emily has debated with various partners throughout her career in the Golden Gate Speech Association. Apart from debate, she is also an officer of the Art Club, Acts of Random Kindness, Chinese American Youth Association Bay Area, and Future Business Leaders of America organizations. She enjoys Model United Nations and anything art, design, or psychology related. Emily hopes to be able to meet new debaters in the community who are able to share similar interests and can converse about anything, anytime.


SHANNON BONET, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CORRESPONDENT

Shannon is a sophomore at Campolindo High School, and she is entering her third year of competitive debate. In middle-school, she qualified nationally in the Middle-School Public Debate Program, and began her parliamentary debate career shortly thereafter.  Last year, after holding a perfect winning record during her time as a novice, Shannon took 6th place at the Georgiana Hays Invitational, in addition to reaching octofinals at the Santa Clara University Philalethic Invitational. She ended her freshman season among the top 100 ranked teams, and is currently on the leadership board of Campolindo’s debate team as an events officer. Outside of debate, Shannon enjoys babysitting children, light and heavy reading, and adoring her dog, Lola.

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Christina Patricia, Southern California Correspondent

Christina is a senior at Torrey Pines High School, where she has participated and competed in parliamentary debate since 2014. She competes mainly in the San Diego Imperial Valley Speech League tournaments, in addition to invitational tournaments in Southern California. Aside from debating, Christina enjoys drawing traditional art, raises tropical fish as a hobby, and is a graphics artist for her school's chapter of Journals of Youth in Science (JOURNYS), a student-run science journal written by high-schoolers for high-schoolers. 


Kavan Nakai, Southern California Correspondent

Kavan is a senior at Claremont High School, where he has competed in parliamentary debate for two years. His sophomore year, he earned eighth place in parli at the Citrus Belt Speech Region league championship, setting the stage for a successful junior season. Last year, he reached final rounds at multiple league tournaments, eventually bettering his previous performance to earn second place at his league championship, in addition to becoming co-champion of the Claremont Bargain Belt Invitational with teammates. He finished the year ranked #40 nationally. Outside of debate, Kavan participates in Mixed Martial Arts, football, is in the IB Diploma Program, and is an avid video gamer. 

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Paul Kim, SENIOR East Coast Correspondent 

Paul debates for Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, where he is currently a junior, and joined our correspondent team in 2015. Competing primarily in the Connecticut Debate Association, he compiled a masterful sophomore season, which included trophying in league tournaments, and receiving the 5th varsity speaker award at the Yale Osterweis Invitational. Outside of debate, Paul is involved locally with Ridgefield's Democratic Town Committee and Connecticut Against Gun Violence, competes on his school track and field team, does mock trial, and is an editor for his school newspaper, the Ridgefielder.