Colton Smith Wins Northwest Round Robin


Colton Smith of Wenatchee has won the fifth Northwest Round Robin, having defeated Sammamish’s Ella Kuzmenko on a 4-1 decision in the final round. (This was the only ballot that Colton dropped throughout the competition.) This was a rematch of the final round of Whitman College, which Colton also won. Colton is coached by Dave Carlson and Steven Adler; Ella is coached by Jeffrey Richards and Hemanth Srinivas.

The top prize this year was a $1,000 scholarship to the University of Puget Sound. Second place was a $500 scholarship.

Initial announcement:

Jeff Gans, Director of Debate at the Eastside Catholic School, has announced the field for the fifth installment of the Northwest Round Robin. This year’s keynote seminar will be led by Rebar Niemi; Becca Traber and Steven Adler led seminars the previous two years. The event looks to be a forum for celebrating and improving debate in the Northwest.

Here is the field:

Brentwood (CA) – Jared Paul
Brentwood (CA) – Sabrina Shammas
Centennial (ID) – Sarah McDonagh
Eastside Catholic (WA) – Michael Abraham
Federal Way (WA) – Eileen Sheats
Sammamish (WA) – Ella Kuzmenko
Snohomish (WA) – Shannon Carroll
Wenatchee (WA) – Colton Smith

  • Guest

    There could have been some better choices. I’ve seen some northwest debaters who have little travel opportunities and resources grow to the TOC level but get little to no recognition. Most of the kids on this list are great but some people were left out and could definitely have replaced a couple of them.

    • Guest

      I absolutely agree that it’s hard to recognize everyone who deserves to be, but consider that Gans wants to pull a wide variety of styles and perspectives for the event and it’s hard to justify awarding an invitation based on perceived merit rather than concrete results (breaking at TOC level tournaments or whatever). Perhaps a Washingtonians-specific round robin could help recognize those who are most disadvantaged but still have obvious talent.

  • Guest

    There could have been some better choices. I’ve seen some kids in the northwest with very few travel opportunities and team resources grow to the TOC level, but they get little to no recognition due to those constraints. There’s a couple on this list that are questionable. I just think other talented Northwest debaters should be there.

    • Guest

      additionally, complaining about the field outside of team meetings doesn’t really do a lot since it’s been in the works for a couple of months and it’s not about to get changed now. You might succeed in making the debaters you didn’t single out as “worthy” feel bad, but that is about it. Also in terms of a resource disadvantage, I know most of the Washington representation isn’t flying around the country, can virtually guarantee no Idaho debater has the money to either–not sure about CA but again, this is futile anyway.

      • Guest

        I apologize for hurting anyone’s feelings, that wasn’t the purpose of the post. Like you said all these kids have had success nationally, so they’re obviously good. I just think the Northwest round robin should be about the Northwest, that’s all.

        • Guest

          it’s cool dude, iaintmad

  • Guest

    There could have been some better choices. I’ve seen some people in the Northwest that have grown to the TOC level with less than half the resources some of these kids on that list have, and they get little to no recognition.

  • Guest

    All of these debaters have seen success locally and nationally in and around the northwest. I really don’t see a problem.