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Fields released for Valley Round Robin and Sophomore Throw-Down

West Des Moines, Iowa — The fields for the fourth annual Valley Round Robin and the sixth annual Sophomore Throw-Down have been released. Both round robins will be held on Friday, September 23, the day before the Valley Mid-America Cup. SOPHOMORE THROW-DOWN Ishan Bhatt, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cat Buchatskiy, Lexington Robbie Gillespie, American Heritage Will Golay, Valley Josh Herrera, Strake Jesuit Arnold Jia, Millburn Eli Lapkin, Harrison Jack Marsh, Strake Jesuit James Meng, Valley Ayanna Nathan, St. Louis Park Varun Paranjpe, Mountain View Ollie Rourke, Lexington Sachin Shah, Lake Highland Kelly Shen, Harker Conal Thomas-McGinnis, Valley Arlo Weiner, Oakwood...

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Valley Sophomore Throw-Down seeks nominations

March 10, 2016   Valley High School is seeking nominations of current 9th grade LD debaters for the 2016 Sophomore Throw-Down round robin. What is the Sophomore Throw-Down? Now in its sixth year, the Sophomore Throw-Down is the nation’s premier sophomores-only Lincoln-Douglas debate round robin. Our purpose is to provide a collegial yet competitive environment for some of the national circuit’s brightest rising varsity debaters to get to know each other. We offer amazing competition, excellent judging, spectacular hospitality, and uniquely beautiful awards: When does the Throw-Down take place? The Throw-Down takes place on the Friday before the Valley...

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Valley’s Gilbert and Scarsdale’s Zipursky final at Blake

Minneapolis, MN – Valley’s Trent Gilbert and Scarsdale’s Gillian Zipursky have made it to the final round of the 2015 Edie Holiday Debate Tournament hosted by The Blake School. Due to travel constraints, the final round was not held, so Gilbert and Zipursky emerge as co-champions. Trent is coached by Isis Davis-Marks, Leah Shapiro, Christian Tarsney and Dave McGinnis. Gillian is coached by Rahul Gosain, Joe Vaughan and Mark Gorthey. Full results: TRIPLES Evanston DF advances over Evanston GH (Gabe Hull) Apple Valley JB advances over Apple Valley CH (Claire Hoffa) American Heritage DM defeats Apple Valley KA (Kenan...

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Millard North’s Grant Brown wins Dowling

West Des Moinea, Iowa – Grant Brown of Millard North High School defeated Trent Gilbert of Valley High School to win the 2015 Dowling Paradigm in varsity LD. Grant is coached by Lauren Burdt and Aarron Schurevich. Trent is coached by Christian Tarsney, Leah Shapiro, Isis Davis-Marks and Dave McGinnis. Full results: OCTOFINALS Valley CT defeats Denver East BO (Blue O’Brennan) North Atlanta AM defeats Valley CR (Carly Rieger) Valley TG defeats Rosemount WL (William Lai) Fenwick TS defeats Evanston HS (Henry Smith) Millard North GB defeats Edina AV (Arvind Veluvali) duPont Manual XH defeats Fremont CC (Chase Cate)...

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Valley’s Thomas-McGinnis defeats Millard North’s Kukreja at Badgerland

  Madison, WI – West Des Moines Valley High School’s Conal Thomas-McGinnis is the champion of the 2015 Badgerland Debate Tournament hosted by Middleton High School and James Madison Memorial High School. Conal defeated Millard North’s Priya Kukreja on a 2-1 decision to win the championship. Conal is coached by Christian Tarsney, Isis Davis-Marks, Leah Shapiro, and Dave McGinnis. Priya is coached by Aarron Schurevich, Lauren Burdt and Terrence Lonam. The Badgerland tournament is a finals bid to the TOC. Full results: OCTOFINAL Valley EM advances without debating Harvard Westlake JD advances over Harvard Westlake IP (Indu Pandey) Millard North...

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