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La Canada’s Alex Zhao Wins Voices!

Congratulations to La Canada’s Alex Zhao for defeating Crossroads’ Noah Simon on a 2-1 decision (Knell, Pyda, Newkirk*) to win the 2015 Voices Foundation Invitational. Noah is coached by Leah Shapiro Alex is coached by Scott Wheeler, Akhil Jalan, Akash Gogate, Arjun Tambe and Susan Moore. Full results can be …

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An Outsider’s Manual to Kritiks (Part 1) by Salim Damerdji

AN OUTSIDER’S MANUAL TO KRITIKS Part 1: Three Role of the Ballot Arguments Intro It seems like we’ve gotten to a point where the largest ideological divide in the national circuit can roughly be approximated by divergent views of Kritiks[1]. In elimination rounds especially, many judges are considered instant losses …

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USchool’s Karan Choudhary Wins Crestian

Congratulations to University School’s Karan Choudhary Pembroke Pines’ Jordan Farenhem for making it to finals of the 2015 Crestian Tradition. Karan defeated Jordan on a 3-0 decision (Ramputh, Ortega, Jayaraman).

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2015-2016 Bid List

Here is where we will be keeping track of the bidlist for the 2015/2016 season. Congratulations to everyone who earned a bid/bids so far! Those with one bid who are applying for the at large will have a “*” next to their bid number. And here is the bidlist by schools: …

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Hunter College’s Nina Potischman takes the Valley Round Robin

Congratulations to Hunter College’s Nina Potischman for defeating Crossroads’ Noah Simon on a 3-2 decision (Evnen, Lonam, Kaczmarek, Ditzian*, Biel*) Congratulations also to Lake Highland’s Muhammad Khattak for defeating Servite High School’s Patrick Aimone. (Krell, Morris, Scorpiniti, Smith, White).

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Hunter College’s Nina Potischman is the Yale Champion

Congratulations to Hunter College’s Nina Potischman for winning the 2015 Yale Invitational on a 2-1 decision against University’s Jacob Ronkin (Zhang, Lawrence, Huang*). Nina is coached by Noel Selegzi and Danny Li, Jacob is coached by Tom Evnen, David Branse and Robert Sherd. Also Congrats to Nicole Kastelic, Neal Kapoor, …

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Strake’s Sean McCormick Takes Grapevine

Congratulations to Strake Jesuit’s Sean McCormick for winning the 2015 Grapevine Classic on a 3-0 decision against Dulles’ Nolan Burdett.  Congrats to both debaters as well as to Law Magnet’s Dino De La O and Greenhill’s Bennett Eckert on the first bids of the year!

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The Role of the Judge by David Branse (Part 2)

The Role of the Judge (Part 2) By David Branse 5) Practical Considerations In this section, I intend to prove that we should not in fact change the role of the ballot. I do not think that practical considerations give us a reason to prefer an education model of debate. …

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Byram Hills Invitational Round Robin Pods Released!

Byram Hills High School debate team is pleased to announce the pods for its first annual Round Robin!  The Round Robin will be held on Friday, September 10th. Blue Pod: Oliver Sussman- Cambridge Dean Kieserman- Collegiate Sarah Ryan- Harrison Amit Kukreja- Newark Science Samara Jacobson- Scarsdale Katherine Fennell- Stuyvesant Red Pod: …

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