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Ridgefield brings home first ever state title


BY PAUL KIM

180 debaters from 31 schools, 48 teams in varsity and 42 teams in novice, converged at Wilton High School for the seventh consecutive year to compete in the State Finals of the Connecticut Debate Association. Ridgefield’s Will Barth & Kunal Chauhan triumphed over the AITE team of Tanusri Balla & Brian Fleischer on a 4-1 decision to take top varsity team honors. On the novice side, Darien’s Paul Hager & Andrew Orner took home first place. The topic was one of notable international prominence: “The US should resettle a significant share of Mideast refugees.” In the CDA, one topic is debated . . . READ MORE

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Ridgefield brings home first ever state title


BY PAUL KIM

180 debaters from 31 schools, 48 teams in varsity and 42 teams in novice, converged at Wilton High School for the seventh consecutive year to compete in the State Finals of the Connecticut Debate Association. Ridgefield’s Will Barth & Kunal Chauhan triumphed over the AITE team of Tanusri Balla & Brian Fleischer on a 4-1 decision to take top varsity team honors. On the novice side, Darien’s Paul Hager & Andrew Orner took home first place. The topic was one of notable international prominence: “The US should resettle a significant share of Mideast refugees.” In the CDA, one topic is debated . . . READ MORE

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Lowell wins state; Disqualification sparks controversy


BY SPENCER DEMBNER

When the dust settled, the CHSSA State Tournament at Mission College narrowed down to a final round between Lowell’s Thomas White & Emily Hall, and Archbishop Mitty’s Vivek Thangam & Chiara Caraccio. Affirming the resolution “Media coverage of the 2016 presidential candidates has helped citizens make informed voting decisions,” Lowell won the round and the championship on a 4-1 decision. But in getting there, the tournament faced more controversy than almost any other this year. . . READ MORE

 

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Lowell wins state; Disqualification sparks controversy


BY SPENCER DEMBNER

When the dust settled, the CHSSA State Tournament at Mission College narrowed down to a final round between Lowell’s Thomas White & Emily Hall, and Archbishop Mitty’s Vivek Thangam & Chiara Caraccio. Affirming the resolution “Media coverage of the 2016 presidential candidates has helped citizens make informed voting decisions,” Lowell won the round and the championship on a 4-1 decision. But in getting there, the tournament faced more controversy than almost any other this year. . . READ MORE

 

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Campolindo triumphs at SCU2


Santa Clara University’s Philalethic Invitational last weekend came down to a final round between Campolindo sophomores Kevin Deng & Krish Visht and Evergreen’s Albert Le & Kushal Sharma. Campolindo picked up on a 2-1 split decision, affirming the resolution, “The United Nations should remove veto power from permanent members of the Security Council.” Out of 70 teams in varsity competition, the tournament broke 16 to octofinals. Though this year’s break still earned a one point penalty, it was substantially better than previous years, perhaps . . . READ MORE

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Campolindo triumphs at SCU2


Santa Clara University’s Philalethic Invitational last weekend came down to a final round between Campolindo sophomores Kevin Deng & Krish Visht and Evergreen’s Albert Le & Kushal Sharma. Campolindo picked up on a 2-1 split decision, affirming the resolution, “The United Nations should remove veto power from permanent members of the Security Council.” Out of 70 teams in varsity competition, the tournament broke 16 to octofinals. Though this year’s break still earned a one point penalty, it was substantially better than previous years, perhaps . . . READ MORE

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Who We Are


Learn about the people who keep the site in motion.

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Who We Are


Learn about the people who keep the site in motion.

Sierra Maciorowski, Editor-in-chief and website administrator

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 in British parliamentary debate while in Europe, and for 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 will study Science, Technology, and Society, and English at Stanford University. 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. 


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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. She reached octafinals at the Santa Clara Philalethic Invitational in 2015, 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.


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.

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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.