Author: Benjamin Koh

Strake Jesuit’s Richard Cook Wins the 2017 University of Houston Tournament

Congratulations to Strake Jesuit’s Richard Cook and Cedar Park’s Morgan Grosch for making it to the final round of the 2017 University of Houston Tournament. Doubles (1) Cedar Park MG def. (32) Woodlands DY (2) Earl Warren NO def. (31) Strake Jesuit DT (3) Strake Jesuit RC def. (30) Klein Oak RR (4) Strake Jesuit MC def. (29) St. John AW (5) Kinkaid JY def. (28) Dulles JZ (6) Cypress Woods LC (27) Dulls MK (26) Klein Oak AG def. (7) Katy Taylor CR (8) Cypress Woods CJ def. (25) Texas Academy MX (9) Cypress Fair TW def. (24)...

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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 and Chetan Hertzig. Kaushal is coached by Chris Palmer and Sheryl Kaczmarek. Doubles (1) Harrison MZ (2) Scarsdale ZG (3) Harrison RP (4) Lexington KB (5) Dulles AW (6) Success Academy SC def. (27) Harrison BS (Brian Siegel) (Agho-Otoghile, Curry, Tariq) (7) Scarsdale GZ over (26) Scarsdale NI (Natalie...

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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.   Charger Pod (1) Sekou Cisse- Success Academy (2) Brianna Aaron- Newark Science (3) Nirmal Balachundhar- Lexington Lauren Cole- Harrison Jennifer Huang- Ridge Alexandra Mork- Harvard-Westlake Rithik Reddy- Lafayette Gillian Zipursky- Scarsdale   Phoenix Pod (1) Ashish Wadhwani- Dulles (2) Raffi Piliero- Harrison (3) Jack Briody- Byram Hills Oluwatosin Agboola-...

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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 speaker! Pacy is coached by Paul Zhou and Ananth Panchanadam. Doubles (1) Stuyvesant PY (2) Success Academy SC def. (31) Princeton DS (Daniel Shahab) (Hansen, Min, Monclut) (3) Newark Science DA def. (30) Montville AS (Andrew Sun-Yan) (Antigua, Baxter, Khan) (4) Harrison LC def. (29) Montville AL (Andy Lee)...

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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 side of the issue. Thus, good norms win out in the long run, and the activity improves with time. In this article, I will outline several reasons to be more pessimistic about debate’s capacity to improve with time. As a rule of thumb, we should be skeptical towards most...

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