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The 2016 Bid List (Harvard, Berkeley, Millard North)

81 have qualified to the TOC. 53 have 1 bid. Congratulations to Siena, DMoon, Colin, Jaya, and Chris for qualifying to the TOC! 11 Bids-  Raffi Piliero- Harrison (Greenhill, Valley, Bronx, Apple Valley, Scarsdale, Glenbrooks, Princeton, Newark, Harvard-Westlake, Emory, Harvard) 10 Bids Jonas Le Barillec- Peninsula (Greenhill, Voices, St. Mark’s, Meadows, …

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Woodward 1st and 2nd Year Nationals 2017 Open for Registration

Woodward Academy in Atlanta is hosting our 30th annual First and Second Year National Championships on March 17-19. We offer First Year LD, Second Year LD, First Year Policy, and Second Year Policy. Our goal is to offer excellent LD and policy debates for our young students while maintaining the …

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Public Forum Individual Speaker Rankings

Each year, PFers around the country argue about who is truly the best speaker in the country. To contribute to this conversation, we have created an objective metric to rank individual debaters. The way it works is simple. At an octas bid tournament, the top speaker earns 20 points and …

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Structural Abuse, Substantive Advantages Part 2 of 3 by Salim Damerdji

In Structural Abuse, Substantive Advantages Part 2, Salim takes his argument into direct clash with Overing’s.  3.1 Recap Legitimate theory indicts abuse, not strategy. This raises the question: what’s the difference? The Burdens View claims that structural abuse – that is, real abuse – consists in establishing more winning conditions …

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Harrison’s Raffi Piliero Wins the 2017 Newark Tournament

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

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

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

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

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

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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