The culminating tournament of the New York Parliamentary Debate League’s second full season saw one of the most talent-concentrated fields in league history. At the end of five preliminary rounds and a break to quarterfinals, Horace Mann’s Jack Klein & Madhav Menon took the final round on a 2-1 decision over Stuyvesant’s Elijah Karshner & Jake Goldman. . .
The long anticipated 2018 Tournament of Champions (TOC) hosted by Ashland High School and the National Parliamentary Debate League (NPDL) culminated in a final round on Sunday night between Campolindo’s Kevin Deng & Krish Visht and Los Altos’s Ryan Lee & William Zeng. Campolindo emerged victorious on a 6-1 decision negating the resolution, “The United States Federal Government should prohibit non-medical vaccine exemptions for children. . .”
The parliamentary debate season in Oregon ended with a final round between Cleveland's Henry Hawking & Quinn Samoulidis and Southridge's Jakob Hollenbeck & Joey Miller— two teams that have dominated the Oregon circuit for the season's duration. Negating the resolution, “This House would take action to preserve the student’s right to protest ought to be protected,” Cleveland took the win on a 2-1 split decision, after many laughs about the resolution's grammar. Both teams were undefeated during preliminary rounds. . .
The annual General Assembly at the Tournament of Champions (TOC) took place in Ashland, Oregon in between preliminary and elimination rounds, per usual. For the first time, the forum coincided with a National Parliamentary Debate League (NPDL) meeting, leaving competitors to discuss equity issues without a tournament director present. . .
On March 23rd - 25th, the annual Santa Clara University Spring Philalethic Invitational ended in a closeout between Bentley's Ryan Booth & Devin Pracar and teammates Jeremy Hubinger & Irene Partsuf. Both teams won their semifinal rounds on split 2-1 ballot decisions. . .
The second Berkeley High School Invitational welcomed 58 teams into the Open division and 41 teams into Novice. Campolindo’s Shannon Bonet & Sharon Yuan emerged as the top seed after preliminary rounds as the only team with a 5-0 record. The tournament used a tiebreaker policy. . .
On February 18, the Vikings Invitational concluded at Irvington High School. The tournament featured five rounds that determined winning places. The champion team, Irvington’s Reetam Ganguli & Isha Sanghvi, finished with an undefeated record. Irvington’s Raisah Khan & Ashka Patel came second with the same record, and Berkeley’s Kai Burgmann & Cole McCann-Phillips subsequently followed with a 4-1 record. Within the novice division, Irvington closed out the top three places with Tanya Jain & Geetika Yelugoti. . .
On February 18th, a pool of 44 teams at the Cal Lutheran Invitational narrowed down to a final round between Bentley/Campolindo’s hybrid team of Devin Pracar & Krish Visht and iLEAD’s Matthew Alberti & Daniel Timor. Affirming the resolution, “The USFG should overhaul its healthcare system,” Pracar & Visht won the final round on a 3-0 decision. The Cal Lutheran Invitational is known for having topics that are policy-heavy. . .