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NSD 2016 Initial Faculty Hires

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Below is our first round of faculty announcements for NSD 2016! Additional faculty will be announced here in the near future. We endeavor to hold ourselves to a high standard of accuracy for the faculty that we have announced below: everyone we list has given us meaningful confirmation that they are …

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Greenhill’s Graham Baker Takes Emory

Emory Finalists

Congratulations to Greenhill’s Graham Baker and Harvard-Westlake’s Nick Steele for making it to finals of the Barkley Forum for High Schools at Emory University. Graham defeated Nick on a 3-2 decision (Malis, Bearden, Lingel, Boyd, Jordan). Graham is coached by Aaron Timmons, Bekah Boyer, and Chris Randall while Nick is …

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Harvard Looking For Hired Judges


If you are interested in judging at the Harvard tournament this year (February 13th-15th), please send an email to: with the following information: Subject line: JUDGE FOR (event that you are interested in judging: CX, LD, PF, Congress) Name Email Cell Phone Number (and carrier, in case we need …

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Strake’s Sean McCormick is the Sunvite Champion

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Congratulations to Strake Jesuit’s Sean McCormick and Cypress Bay’s Jake Steirn on making it to finals of the 2016 Sunvitational. Sean defeated Jake on a 2-1 decision (Evnen, Gorthey, Jeng*). Sean is coached by Jerry Crist, Murvin Auzenne and Chris Castillo while Jake is coached by Megan West, Grant Reiter, Bob …

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Millburn’s Wesley Hu takes Newark

Newark Finalists

Congratulations to Millburn’s Wesley Hu and Harrison’s Raffi Piliero on making it to finals of the 2016 Newark Invitational. Wesley defeated Raffi on a 5-0 decision (Beretay, Tariq, Mendes, Fakorede, Kukreja). Raffi is coached by Chetan Hertzig, Marshall Thompson,  and Christian Quiroz while Wesley is coached by Nathan Cha, Samantha Hom, and …

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Penn Round Robin PF Application Due Jan 11th

Hey all! Penn For Youth Debate (PFYD) is excited to announce that applications for the Public Forum Round Robin are live! We encourage you to apply to enjoy national level competition and top notch amenities. The Round Robin will be held the day before the Liberty Bell Classic (February 12 …

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Registration is Open for NSD LD 2016!

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The National Symposium for Debate is pleased to open registration for our LD sessions in the summer of 2016. This summer, NSD brings you a slate of new camp offerings. Our traditional main session will now be our Flagship institute. It will feature a new three week curriculum, and will be …

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Newark’s Amit Kukreja wins Ridge


Congratulations to Newark’s Amit Kukreja and Milburn’s Wesley Hu for finaling at the 2015 Ridge Invitational. The final round was delayed. Amit defeated Wesley on a 3-0 decision (Rung, Almeida, Williams). Amit is coached by Chris Randall and Jonathan Alston. Wesley is coached by Nathan Cha, Samantha Hom, and Sam …

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Newark’s Amit Kukreja wins the Newark Round Robin


Congratulations to Newark Science’s Amit Kukreja for winning the 2016 Newark Round Robin! In finals, Amit debated Success Academy’s Sekou Cisse on a 5-0 decision (Cerf,Gosain,Rung,Boussayoud, Curry). Amit is coached by Chris Randall and Jonathan Alston. Sekou is coached by Joshua Wurzman, Chris Vincent, and Carolyn Lau. More information about …

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Lake Highland’s Neal Kapoor wins the Sunvite Round Robin

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Congratulations to Lake Highland’s Neal Kapoor and Cypress Bay’s Jake Steirn for making it to finals of the Sunvitational Round Robin. Neal defeated Jake on a 5-0  decision (Evnen, Castillo, Li, Jeng, Student Vote [Ronkin*]). Neal is coached by  George Clemens, Terrence Lonam, Martin Sigalow, Becca Traber, Joseph Millman, Fred Ditzian, …

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Clements’ Felix Tan Wins the Strake Jesuit Debate Tournament

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Congratulations to Clements’ Felix Tan and Woodlands College Park’s Venkatesh Muppaneni for making it to finals of the Strake Jesuit Debate Tournament. Felix defeated Venkatesh on 2-1 decision (Wright, Sullivan*, Yoakum).  Venkatesh is coached by Kathy Cook and Felix is coached by Renita Johnson.   Here are the full results …

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