The POI Debate Institute completed its second successful summer program with the conclusion of its intensive one-week program at UC Berkeley. Twenty-three debaters powered through 12 hours of daily instruction. 

A collection of parli's best and brightest.

A collection of parli's best and brightest.

The POI Debate Institute completed its second successful summer program with the conclusion of its intensive one-week program at UC Berkeley. Twenty-three debaters powered through 12 hours of daily instruction. The week culminated with a two-day tournament comprised of five preliminary rounds and a break to partial-quarters. Bishop O'Dowd's Cunningham & Johnson would end the week as champions with a 3-0 decision over Sonoma Academy's Greenberg & Kolling.

David Saulet imparts wisdom to the debaters.

David Saulet imparts wisdom to the debaters.

The week's curriculum was devised by Concordia University and Oxford Academy assistant coach David "Bear" Saulet and Evergeeen Valley coach Artem Raskin. Each twelve-hour instructional day was divided between courses focusing on debate theory, round content (i.e., government and economics), and practice rounds. The student body was split into two groups: advanced and intermediate, with courses for each group taught by Mr. Saulet, Mr. Raskin, and Sonoma Academy coach Ivy Ziedrich.

Artem Raskin delivers a lecture on economics.

Artem Raskin delivers a lecture on economics.

The POI Debate Institute was under the direction of Mr. Jon Thorpe, head coach at Bishop O'Dowd High School, the most successful high school parliamentary debate coach in the United States. The goal of the POI Debate Institute is to offer a depth of instruction far beyond what is offered at other summer parliamentary programs and to create debaters that are confident in front of both lay and expert judges. The hope is that the Institute provides an elixir to keep high school parli from ossifying into a myopic activity so that all its debaters can embrace diversity in form and style.

Ivy Ziedrich provides feedback after a practice round.

Ivy Ziedrich provides feedback after a practice round.