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the 2015 national parliamentary debate invitational


Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley president Trevor Greenan and Point of Information president Jon Thorpe are proud to announce the 2015 National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at UC Berkeley will be held November 14-15, 2015 on the UC Berkeley campus with registration for the tournament opening in mid-September.

The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational, now in its fifth year, is the largest standalone high school parliamentary debate invitational with last year's tournament seeing more than 80 teams in competition. The tournament has gained renown for its high caliber of competition, competency in judging, and topical resolutions.

Stay tuned to POI as more information will be forthcoming. Cal and POI hope to see you in competition!

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the 2015 national parliamentary debate invitational


Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley president Trevor Greenan and Point of Information president Jon Thorpe are proud to announce the 2015 National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at UC Berkeley will be held November 14-15, 2015 on the UC Berkeley campus with registration for the tournament opening in mid-September.

The National Parliamentary Debate Invitational, now in its fifth year, is the largest standalone high school parliamentary debate invitational with last year's tournament seeing more than 80 teams in competition. The tournament has gained renown for its high caliber of competition, competency in judging, and topical resolutions.

Stay tuned to POI as more information will be forthcoming. Cal and POI hope to see you in competition!

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EVERGREEN WINS THE PARLI TOC!


The Sonoma Academy Black Box Theater served as the location for a scintillating final round between Evergreen Valley Basil Abushama & Nadia Cochinwala and Los Altos Spencer Dembner & Steven Herman that capped a tremendous 2015 Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions.... READ MORE

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EVERGREEN WINS THE PARLI TOC!


The Sonoma Academy Black Box Theater served as the location for a scintillating final round between Evergreen Valley Basil Abushama & Nadia Cochinwala and Los Altos Spencer Dembner & Steven Herman that capped a tremendous 2015 Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions.... READ MORE

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Who We Are


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Who We Are


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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 #19 with her primary partner, and #10 individually, reaching finals at NPDI and quarters at the Jon Schamber Invitational and the Tournament of Champions. She currently debates in the NPDA style for the Santa Rosa Junior College, and will study STS (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 a local middle school. 

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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.