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Dougherty Valley Takes NPDI


The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at UC Berkeley culminated long after most teams had already departed, with a final match-up late Sunday night between top seed Dougherty Valley High School Rohan Bhargava & Sameer Ziaee and 10th seed Sonoma Academy Caleb Kornfein & Sierra Maciorowski.... READ MORE

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Dougherty Valley Takes NPDI


The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at UC Berkeley culminated long after most teams had already departed, with a final match-up late Sunday night between top seed Dougherty Valley High School Rohan Bhargava & Sameer Ziaee and 10th seed Sonoma Academy Caleb Kornfein & Sierra Maciorowski.... READ MORE

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West Albany Wins the Sprague Invitational


This Saturday saw the 42nd edition of Sprague Invitational Debate, “SID” to those in the know. Even though we debaters were moved to a nearby middle school because, in the words of Tournament Director Michael Curry, “Salem-Keizer School District forgot they had a debate program,” this tournament was a tightly run exercise in debate-only competition.... Read More

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West Albany Wins the Sprague Invitational


This Saturday saw the 42nd edition of Sprague Invitational Debate, “SID” to those in the know. Even though we debaters were moved to a nearby middle school because, in the words of Tournament Director Michael Curry, “Salem-Keizer School District forgot they had a debate program,” this tournament was a tightly run exercise in debate-only competition.... Read More

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The 2015 Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions: April 11-12, 2015 at Sonoma Academy


Point of Information is pleased to announce that Sonoma Academy will serve as the host for the 2015 Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions. The dates for the sixth iteration of high school parliamentary debate's most competitive and prestigious tournament will be April 11-12, 2015.

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The 2015 Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions: April 11-12, 2015 at Sonoma Academy


Point of Information is pleased to announce that Sonoma Academy will serve as the host for the 2015 Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions. The dates for the sixth iteration of high school parliamentary debate's most competitive and prestigious tournament will be April 11-12, 2015.

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Who We Are


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Who We Are



Jon Thorpe, Director of All Things Point of Information and coach of Bishop O'Dowd High School

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 second successful summer of offering best-in-class high school parliamentary debate instruction. 

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Artem Raskin, Associate Director and Founder of Point of Information


Point of Information Associate Director Artem Raskin currently coaches Evergreen Valley High School, Los Gatos High School, and Cupertino 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. Last year he was named the First-Year Coach of the Season by the California Coast Forensics League.

Mr. Raskin coaches Evergreen Valley and Los Gatos. His parli debaters have qualified to the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions and California State Tournament, placed fourth at Windsor, reached quarters at NPDI, SCU, and MLK, reached sems at UOP, won Stanford in 2013 and reached Stanford finals in 2014.

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Artem Raskin, Associate Director and Founder of Point of Information


Point of Information Associate Director Artem Raskin currently coaches Evergreen Valley High School, Los Gatos High School, and Cupertino 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. Last year he was named the First-Year Coach of the Season by the California Coast Forensics League.

Mr. Raskin coaches Evergreen Valley and Los Gatos. His parli debaters have qualified to the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions and California State Tournament, placed fourth at Windsor, reached quarters at NPDI, SCU, and MLK, reached sems at UOP, won Stanford in 2013 and reached Stanford finals in 2014.

Sierra Maciorowkski, Opinion Page Editor and Northern California Correspondent

Sierra Maciorowski joins POI this year to manage our opinion page. As opinion editor, Ms. Maciorowski will be contributing regular columns on issues affecting the high school parliamentary debate community. Ms. Maciorowski will also be soliciting pieces from members of the community for publication and reviewing both solicited and unsolicited submissions for publication. Ms. Maciorowski is a senior debating for Sonoma Academy and is a 2014 alum of the POI Debate Institute at UC Berkeley.

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Ben Delsman, Pacific Northwest Editor and Correspondent

Ben Delsman starts his second year with POI and is currently a senior debating for West Albany High School. Mr. Delsman concluded the 2013-2014 campaign ranked 28th nationally and ranked #8 in Region 5. Mr. Delsman advanced to finals at the Lewis & Clark Invitational and semis at the 2014 OSAA State Tournament.


Daniel Foltz, Southern California Editor and Correspondent

Daniel Foltz starts his second year with POI as its Southern California correspondent and is currently a senior debating for Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. Mr. Foltz had a superb 2013-2014 campaign and concluded the season ranked #4 nationally and #1 in Region 3. Mr. Foltz won both the Oxford and Fullerton invitationals and reached semis at Jack Howe, La Costa Canyon, and the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions.

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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 is a tax policy research associate focusing on tax credits for alternative energy and low-income housing. He 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 an NPDA debater for University of Nevada, Reno and an instructor at the POI Debate Academy. 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 is a tax policy research associate focusing on tax credits for alternative energy and low-income housing. He 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 an NPDA debater for University of Nevada, Reno and an instructor at the POI Debate Academy. 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.