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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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Evergreen Defends TOC Title


BY MEHAK SHARMA

On April 3rd, spectators of the final round of the 2016 Tournament of Champions must have felt a sense of déjà vu. In a rematch of the 2015 TOC finals, Evergreen Valley’s Basil Abushama & Nadia Cochinwala faced off against Los Altos’s Spencer Dembner & Steven Herman. Negating the resolution "The USFG should end the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty with Taiwan", Abushama & Cochinwala took the championship. . . READ MORE

 

 

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Evergreen Defends TOC Title


BY MEHAK SHARMA

On April 3rd, spectators of the final round of the 2016 Tournament of Champions must have felt a sense of déjà vu. In a rematch of the 2015 TOC finals, Evergreen Valley’s Basil Abushama & Nadia Cochinwala faced off against Los Altos’s Spencer Dembner & Steven Herman. Negating the resolution "The USFG should end the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty with Taiwan", Abushama & Cochinwala took the championship. . . READ MORE

 

 

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Who We Are


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Who We Are


Scroll down to learn more about the people that help make POI run.


Jon Thorpe, ceo and president

Mr. Thorpe (center) with debaters Marco Zepeda, Caitlin Walsh, Tara Viviani, and Shawn Cunningham after Bishop O'Dowd's 2013 closeout of the Yale Invitational. Since 2009, O'Dowd parliamentary debaters have established an extraordinary record of success and achievement at both lay and expert tournaments.

Mr. Thorpe (center) with debaters Marco Zepeda, Caitlin Walsh, Tara Viviani, and Shawn Cunningham after Bishop O'Dowd's 2013 closeout of the Yale Invitational. Since 2009, O'Dowd parliamentary debaters have established an extraordinary record of success and achievement at both lay and expert tournaments.

a national vision for high school parliamentary debate

Jon Thorpe is the most successful high school parliamentary debate coach in the United States. He founded the Bishop O'Dowd High School debate program in 2007 and since 2009, O'Dowd's parliamentary debaters have dominated both expert and lay tournaments. Their unrivaled track record includes victories at Santa Clara (2009 and 2011), Pepperdine (2011), Oregon (2012), MLK (2013), Yale (2013), Stanford (2014), and the Parliamentary Debate TOC (2010, 2013, and 2014). 

Mr. Thorpe was handed responsibility for Point of Information from Artem Raskin in 2011. Since 2011 Point of Information has seen exceptional growth in terms of its reach and readership. Mr. Thorpe has a national vision for POI and under his leadership the organization expanded its coverage to include tournaments outside California, divided the national parliamentary debate community into its current six regions, and created a national ranking system. The California Cup, Mr. Raskin's brilliant conceit, has exploded in terms of reputation and quality of competition and now draws teams from Oregon and Canada. In 2012 Mr. Thorpe introduced the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational, a truly innovative fall tournament tasked with providing debaters with the experience, skills, and education needed to compete at the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions. This year Mr. Thorpe will be introducing a similar tournament for novice debaters. Mr. Thorpe served as the parliamentary debate program director at the Stanford National Forensic Institute in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 Mr. Thorpe left SNFI to create a parliamentary debate program that would adhere to the philosophy espoused by POI and make high school parliamentary debate better for all involved. The POI Debate Institute, now based at UC Berkeley, just completed its third successful summer of offering best-in-class high school parliamentary debate instruction. 

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Artem Raskin, vice-president of operations


Point of Information Associate Director Artem Raskin currently coaches Evergreen Valley High School. In high school Mr. Raskin debated for Lynbrook high school and, as parli captain, led Lynbrook to the top of the POI rankings. As a high school senior Mr. Raskin founded Point of Information and as a college freshman he founded the California Cup (known today as the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions). Mr. Raskin debated for UC Davis and was elected team president. He competed in NPDA parli all three years of his college career and in British parliamentary debate his senior year. At Davis, Mr. Raskin cleared at Nationals and appeared in finals at Willamette and Diablo Valley. Mr. Raskin graduated Cum Laude in 2012 with a B.A. degree in Political Science (focus in International Relations) and a minor in History. He is currently studying at San Jose State University to teach Economics. Mr. Raskin has worked under Mr. Thorpe at the POI Debate Institute and the Stanford National Forensics Institute and directs the Silicon Valley Institute for middle school students. In 2013 he was named the First-Year Coach of the Season by the California Coast Forensics League.

Mr. Raskin's parli debaters have qualified to the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions and California State Tournament, won Second Speaker at Stanford, won Top Speaker at Notre Dame, NPDI, SCU, and Logan, won the novice divisions of NPDI and SCU, reached semifinals at NPDI, reached finals at Notre Dame and UOP, and won Stanford and SCU. The Evergreen Valley parli squad is currently ranked first in the country.

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Artem Raskin, vice-president of operations


Point of Information Associate Director Artem Raskin currently coaches Evergreen Valley High School. In high school Mr. Raskin debated for Lynbrook high school and, as parli captain, led Lynbrook to the top of the POI rankings. As a high school senior Mr. Raskin founded Point of Information and as a college freshman he founded the California Cup (known today as the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions). Mr. Raskin debated for UC Davis and was elected team president. He competed in NPDA parli all three years of his college career and in British parliamentary debate his senior year. At Davis, Mr. Raskin cleared at Nationals and appeared in finals at Willamette and Diablo Valley. Mr. Raskin graduated Cum Laude in 2012 with a B.A. degree in Political Science (focus in International Relations) and a minor in History. He is currently studying at San Jose State University to teach Economics. Mr. Raskin has worked under Mr. Thorpe at the POI Debate Institute and the Stanford National Forensics Institute and directs the Silicon Valley Institute for middle school students. In 2013 he was named the First-Year Coach of the Season by the California Coast Forensics League.

Mr. Raskin's parli debaters have qualified to the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions and California State Tournament, won Second Speaker at Stanford, won Top Speaker at Notre Dame, NPDI, SCU, and Logan, won the novice divisions of NPDI and SCU, reached semifinals at NPDI, reached finals at Notre Dame and UOP, and won Stanford and SCU. The Evergreen Valley parli squad is currently ranked first in the country.

Sierra Maciorowski, Editor-in-chief and website administrator

Sierra Maciorowski joined POI in 2014 as editor of the opinion page, and continues this year with her editing duties, as well as 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, Ms. Maciorowski finished the 2014-2015 season ranked #10 individually, reaching finals at NPDI and quarters at the Tournament of Champions. She debated for the Santa Rosa Junior College in NPDA for one semester, reaching semifinals at the Golden Gate Opener, quarterfinals at UNR, and closing out finals at the Takahashi Talk-Off, and finished her career ranked #20 nationally. She will study Science, Technology, and Society, and English at Stanford University after a gap year. Ms. Maciorowski instructed at the 2015 POI Debate Institute, and now coaches private students, as well as a young debate program at Sonoma Country Day School.


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 sophomore. After a successful freshman season at monthly league extemporaneous tournaments, which included taking first place in December and earning high speaker points, he received the 5th novice 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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The POI Advisory Board


The POI Advisory Board has been created to provide, when requested by the director, non-binding opinions on matters of importance relating to Point of Information and the parliamentary debate community. The POI Advisory board has also been singularly tasked with selecting teams from the at-large pool for participation in the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions.

The POI Advisory Board is comprised of the following:

Armand Domalewski (Board Chair) competed in NPDA parli for Santa Clara University and San Diego State University. Mr. Domalewski coached Mountain View High School, Evergreen Valley High School, and Dougherty Valley High School. 

Jake Glendenning is an NPDA parli debater for the University of California, Berkeley and finished the 2013-2014 season ranked #12 nationally. Mr. Glendenning coaches at Campolindo High School.

David Saulet is the academic director for the POI Debate Institute and assistant debate coach at Concordia University and Oxford Academy. Mr. Saulet competed in NPDA parli for Concordia and finished the 2013 debate season ranked #2 nationally. 

Ivy Ziedrich is a former NPDA debater at Santa Rosa Junior College and University of Nevada, Reno and an instructor at the POI Debate Institute. Ms. Ziedrich debated for Windsor High School and finished the 2012-2013 season ranked #33. Ms. Ziedrich coached parli at Sonoma Academy in 2013-2014 and in one year brought the program into national prominence and established it as the best in the northern Bay Area. 

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The POI Advisory Board


The POI Advisory Board has been created to provide, when requested by the director, non-binding opinions on matters of importance relating to Point of Information and the parliamentary debate community. The POI Advisory board has also been singularly tasked with selecting teams from the at-large pool for participation in the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions.

The POI Advisory Board is comprised of the following:

Armand Domalewski (Board Chair) competed in NPDA parli for Santa Clara University and San Diego State University. Mr. Domalewski coached Mountain View High School, Evergreen Valley High School, and Dougherty Valley High School. 

Jake Glendenning is an NPDA parli debater for the University of California, Berkeley and finished the 2013-2014 season ranked #12 nationally. Mr. Glendenning coaches at Campolindo High School.

David Saulet is the academic director for the POI Debate Institute and assistant debate coach at Concordia University and Oxford Academy. Mr. Saulet competed in NPDA parli for Concordia and finished the 2013 debate season ranked #2 nationally. 

Ivy Ziedrich is a former NPDA debater at Santa Rosa Junior College and University of Nevada, Reno and an instructor at the POI Debate Institute. Ms. Ziedrich debated for Windsor High School and finished the 2012-2013 season ranked #33. Ms. Ziedrich coached parli at Sonoma Academy in 2013-2014 and in one year brought the program into national prominence and established it as the best in the northern Bay Area.