December 16th brought the arrival of 36 teams from New York and Connecticut in a single open division to Queens’ Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School. After four rounds of debate, the victory went to Horace Mann’s Govind Menon & Paul Wang. The other undefeated team was Thomas Edison’s Mohammed Khan & Jaelan Scott. In an interview, Menon, who also. . .
On December 2, Cleveland High School in Portland hosted the Debate Holiday Edgy, which included eighteen schools in open division parliamentary debate and a similar number in novice. At Cleveland, all debaters participated in two different styles throughout the day, which only allowed time for four preliminary rounds. The tournament ended in hidden quarterfinals. . .
This weekend at the Santa Clara University Dempsey Cronin Invitational, Los Altos's William Zeng & Alex Wong defeated Campolindo’s David Gomez-Siu & Sophie Stankus in the final round. Negating the topic “The USFG should pass the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2017 (H.R. 1784),” Zeng & Wong won on a 2-1 decision. The tournament was greeted by. . .
The 2017 National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at the University of California, Berkeley concluded with two teams from The Nueva School reaching finals. Champion teams Adam Keller & Paco Poler and Leo Rossi & Neeraj Sharma both emerged victorious from their semifinal rounds, debating on the topic, “The United States Federal Government should significantly increase its efforts to eradicate mosquitos in. . .
The Mount Hood Community College Saints Invitational took place on November 4th in Portland, Oregon. Four teams broke to semifinals all earning legs to state; like the Wilson Invitational, the Saints Invitational opted out of a final round and allowed a tie for first place and a tie for third place based on the semifinals. In one. . .
Over the weekend of November 3rd and 4th, the Grizzly Invitational held at Ashland High School concluded with Grants Pass’s Quentin Kanta & Lucie Roberts reigning over Marshfield’s Aiden Leahy-Crooks & Trevor Moen on a 3-0 decision negating the resolution, "This House would substantially increase its funding for education vouchers for K-12 schools." Kanta & Roberts ran a counterplan to substantially increase Title I fundings defending an equity weighing mechanism. . .
November 4th saw the arrival of 46 teams, split across varsity and novice divisions, in Poughkeepsie, New York, for the second annual Vassar College Invitational. The varsity division broke four teams to semifinals after five preliminary rounds. The novice division substituted an additional preliminary round for a quarterfinals break. Finals for varsity resulted in a close 3-2 victory for the. . .
Over the weekend of October 27, Tillamook High School hosted their annual Oktoberfest speech and debate tournament. With an underwhelming 4 teams participating, all from the same school, the tournament had only two rounds of parliamentary debate. Such a small turnout raises questions regarding the status of parliamentary debate in northern Oregon. . .