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The 2016 Bid List (Harvard-Westlake, Lexington, Federal Way, University)

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70 Debaters are now fully qualified. 53 debaters have one bid. Congratulations to Zoe Posner, Steve Goldware, Frances Zhuang, and Niko Battle for completing their quals! 9 Bids-  Raffi Piliero- Harrison (Greenhill, Valley, Bronx, Apple Valley, Scarsdale, Glenbrooks, Princeton, Newark, Harvard-Westlake)   7 Bids Jonas Le Barillec- Peninsula (Greenhill, Voices, St. Mark’s …

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Harrison’s Raffi Piliero Wins the 2017 Newark Tournament

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Congratulations to Harrison’s Raffi Piliero and Lexington’s Kaushal Balagurusamy for making it to the final round of the 2017 Newark Tournament. In lieu of a final round due to scheduling, Raffi was declared the champion. Congratulations to both! Raffi was also the top speaker. He is coached by Bennett Eckert …

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Sekou Cisse Wins the 2016 Newark Round Robin

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Congratulations to Dulles’ Ashish Wadhwani and Success Academy’s Sekou Cisse for making it to the final round of the 2016 Newark Round Robin. On a 5-0 decision, Sekou was declared the champion. Congratulations again to both! Congratulations as well to Newark Science’s Brianna Aaron, who was the top speaker.   …

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Harrison’s Lauren Cole Wins the 2016 Ridge Debates

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Congratulations to Harrison’s Lauren Cole and Newark Science’s David Asafu-Adjaye for making it to the final round of the 2016 Ridge Debates. In a delayed final round, Lauren was declared the champion. Congratulations to both! Lauren is coached by Chetan Hertzig and Bennett Eckert. Stuyvesant’s Pacy Yan was the top …

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A Pessimistic View of Norms in LD by Salim Damerdji

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Many LDers believe that the activity improves with time. The conventional wisdom goes something like this: All else equal, a true argument beats out a false argument in round. Debaters copy and comply with good norms since it’s easier to win theory and K debates when you’re on the right …

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The National Symposium for Debate Announces Summer 2017 Dates

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The National Symposium for Debate is excited to announce its 2017 summer offerings. All information can be found here: www.nationalsymposiumfordebate.com This summer NSD will host 4 summer institutes. The NSD Flagship Session will be held at the University of Minnesota from June 25 to July 15 Executive Director: Tom Evnen …

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MSJ’s Lavanya Singh Wins the 2016 College Prep Invitational

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Congratulations to Harvard-Westlake’s Evan Engel and Mission San Jose Lavanya Singh for making it to the final round. On a 2-1 decision, Lavanya was declared the champion. Congratulations to both! Connor Engel was the top speaker. Congratulations to all!   Double-Octafinals (1) HW EE def. (32) Harker KS (Kelly Shen) …

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Lake Highland’s Muhammad Khattak Wins the 2016 Strake Jesuit Tournament

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Congratulations to Lake Highland’s Muhammad Khattak and North Crowley’s Logan Reed for making it to finals of the Strake Jesuit LD Tournament. On a 2-1 decision, Muhammad was declared the victor. Congratulations to both! Doubles (16) Christopher Columbus JN def. (17) Clements AC (Alexandre Chaumette) (Evnen, Sasso, *Sharma)   Octafinals …

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WDM Valley Super Closes Out the 2016 Dowling Catholic Paradigm

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Congratulations to West Des Moines Valley on a super close out at the 2016 Dowling Catholic Paradigm. Valley is coached by Dave McGinnis, Leah Shapiro, Christian Tarsney, and Isis Davis-Marks. Run-Off Millard North TQ def. Evanston HS (Henry Smith) (White, Power, *Shmikler) Valley CR def. Jefferson City MM (Michael Manda) …

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La Canada’s Alex Zhao Wins the 2016 Blake Tournament

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Congratulations to La Canada’s Alex Zhao and Valley’s TJ Foley for making it to the final round of the 2016 John Edie Blake Holiday Classic. On a 2-1 decision, Alex was declared the champion. TJ was also the top speaker. Congratulations to both! Triples (30) Valley BG def. (35) Appleton …

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Ashish Wadhwani Wins the 2016 Isidore Newman Invitational

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Congratulations to Cypress Woods’ Chakra Jonnalagadda and Dulles’ Ashish Wahdwani for making it to the final round of the 2016 Isidore Newman Invitational. On a 2-1 decision, Ashish was declared the champion. Congrats to both! Octafinals (1) St Andrew’s Episcopal IB def. (16) Cabot BG (Briana Griffin) (Koshak, Kueffner, *Shields) …

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