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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 serves as an instructor at the POI Debate Institute, in addition to director of the middle-school and high school programs. 


Mehak Sharma, Northern California Correspondent

Ms. Sharma, a junior at Prospect High School, has participated in parliamentary debate for two years. 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 the Prospect Georgiana Hays Invitational each spring as secretary of her debate team. In addition to debate, Ms. Sharma 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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Spencer Dembner, NOrthern California Correspondent

Mr. Dembner is a junior at Los Altos High School, and finished the 2014-2015 season ranked 1st in the nation. Over the course of the season, Mr. Dembner won the Stanford Invitational, reached finals at the Tournament of Champions, Dempsey-Cronin Invitational, Prospect Invitational, and 6x4 Invitational, reached semifinals at the Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational, and reached quarterfinals at the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational. He also received numerous speaker awards, most notably second speaker at the TOC, and serves as parliamentary debate captain for his school. In addition to debate, he is the news editor for his school newspaper, The Talon, one of the best high school papers in the country.


Karl Moeglein, Oregon Correspondent

Mr. Moeglein is a junior at Ashland High School, where he has debated since his sophomore year. During his first year in parliamentary debate, he took first place and third speaker in the novice division at Willamette University’s invitational tournament, was the top novice speaker at the University of Oregon’s invitational, and was, additionally, a national qualifier in national extemporaneous speaking. This season, he has reached double-octofinals at the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational, quarterfinals at the Jean Ward Invitational, and semifinals at Ashland's Grizzly Invitational. Beyond debate, Mr. Moeglein plays hockey, competes on his high school math team, works for his student newspaper as a staff writer, and announces games for the football team.

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Nancy jung, Southern California Correspondent

Ms. Jung is a senior at Claremont High School, where she has competed in debate since her freshman year. While debating with multiple partners, she finished the 2014-2015 season ranked #16 as an individual, reaching finals at the Jack Howe Invitational, semifinals at Cypress, and quarterfinals at CSU Fullerton, and qualifying to the Tournament of Champions. This year, Ms. Jung serves as public forum, parliamentary, and congressional debate captain on her team, in addition to fulfilling numerous extracurricular obligations, including editing positions for her school newspaper, tutoring, and lab research.


Paul Kim, East Coast Correspondent

Mr. Kim debates for Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, where he is currently a junior. After a successful freshman season at monthly league extemporaneous tournaments, which included trophying in league tournaments he received the 5th varsity speaker award at the Yale Osterweis Invitational last spring. Outside of debate, Mr. Kim competes on his school track and field team, does mock trial, is a co-founder of the Innovation and Economics club, and is an editor for his school newspaper, the Ridgefielder.

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