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Aysha Hafiz Wins the 1st NSD Northeast Camp Tournament!

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania- Congratulations to Marie-Rose Sheinerman and Aysha Hafiz for reaching the final round of the NSD Northeast Camp Tournament! On a 5-0 decision, Aysha Hafiz was declared champion. Congratulations to all!   Quarterfinals (1) Aysha Hafiz def. (8) Stephen Alessandro (Thompson, Lee, *Wurm) (2) Marie-Rose Sheinerman def. (7) …

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Topic Analysis for NSD Flagship

Almost every member of the staff member at NSD flagship and NSD Texas contributed to this topic analysis either directly or indirectly. Special shoutouts to Alex Yoakum, Carolyn Lau, Sean McCormick, Sophia Caldera, and Mark Gorthey for direct contributions and helping to organize everyone’s ideas. Resolved: The United States ought …

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The NSD Flagship Topic is Housing!

We are pleased to announce that the topic that we are going to debate at the NSD Flagship Institute is: Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing. Students should feel free to begin doing research and casing on the topic if they wish, but should keep in …

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Official 2016-2017 LD Topic List

1. Resolved: The United States ought to become party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. 2. Resolved: The United States ought to limit qualified immunity for police officers. 3. Resolved: A just government ought to prioritize civil liberties over national security. 4. Resolved: The United States ought …

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New Videos from TOC on NSD Videos

Check out these new videos posted on NSD Videos from TOC. The first is Lexington’s Achal Srinivasan affirming against University School’s Jacob Ronkin in the run-off round: The second is Oakwood’s Jack Wareham affirming against Cambridge’s Oliver Sussman:

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Harvard-Westlake’s Nick Steele Takes TOC!

Congratulations to Harvard-Westlake’s Nick Steele for defeating Clements’ Felix Tan on a 2-1 decision (Castillo, Kymn*, M. Overing). Also congratulations to Oakwood’s Jack Wareham for making top speaker. Felix is coached by Akhil Jalan, Marshall Thompson, and Chris Theis. Full results of outrounds are posted below and a comprehensive spreadsheet covering …

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Live TOC Updates!

Congratulations to the following debaters for receiving speaker awards: Oakwood JW Lake Highland NK Millburn WH Hunter NP Greenhill VA Loyola AP Clements FT Strake Jesuit SM Mission San Jose SS Greehill BE Harvard Westlake NS Harvard Westlake CC Harrison KK Law Magnet DD Newark AK Heritage DM Millard North …

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Nina Potischman wins the Harrison RR

Congrats to Hunter College’s Nina Potischman for defeating Newark Science’s Amit Kukreja on a 2-1 decision (Erlanger*, Pregasen, Kalinoski) to win the 2016 Harrison RR. Semis: Hunter College NP def. Harrison KK (Kathryn Kenny) Newark Science AK def. Byram Hills PE (Paul Erlanger) Finals: Hunter College NP (Nina Potischman) def. …

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Penn RR Results

Congratulations to Penn RR Co-Champs: Millburn’s Wesley Hu and Lake Highland Prep’s Sreya Pinnamaneni. Sreya and Wesley won their pods with 6-2 and 7-1 ballot counts respectively. Also congrats to Byram Hills’s Paul Erlanger and Harrison’s Raffi Piliero for earning third and fourth place trophies respectively, both debaters had 5-3 …

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At Large Recipients Released

Congratulations to the following people for receiving at larges to the TOC: Apple Valley’s Prince Hyeamang Brentwood’s Jacob Reiter Byram Hills’ Alex Wurm Hawken’s Nicole Kastelic Interlake’s Alisa Liu Lake Highland’s Muhammad Khattak Lake Highland’s Rithvik Seela Lynbrook’s Varun Venkatesh Mission San Jose’s Prachi Bhike PV Peninsula’s Ishan Gaur Scarsdale’s …

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An Alternative View of Offense/Defense by Michael Bogaty

An Alternative View of Offense/Defense by Michael Bogaty with significant contributions by Rahul Gosain In recent years, the community has adopted a near-universal paradigm for evaluation of arguments: offense/defense. On any issue up for debate, whether a framework, contention-level argument, or theory shell, only offensive arguments hold weight. Defensive arguments …

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