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Bronx Science and Newark Science Co-Champ Bump


Contratulations to Isis Davis-Marks of Bronx Science and Adegoke Fakorede of Newark Science for their co-championship of the Malcolm A. Bump Memorial Tournament at Hendrick Hudson High School in New York. Isis is coached by Jon Cruz, Abhi Elisetty, Nathan Cha, and Zack Struver. Adegoke is coached by Jonathan Alston, Chris Randall, ...

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Rebecca Gelfer Wins First Annual Minneapple Round Robin

Minneapple RR

Apple Valley, MN - Congratulations to Clement’s Rebecca Gelfer for defeating Adam Tomasi of Sacred Heart in the final round of the first annual Minneapple Round Robin on a 2-1 decision! Semifinals Adam Tomasi defeats David Branse (Bentley, Randall, Spence) Rebecca Gelfer defeats Anthony Tohme (Devore, Hom, E. Smith) Finals Rebecca Gelfer ...

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Arjun Tambe Wins 2014 Damus Hollywood Invitational


Studio City, CA – Peninsula’s Arjun Tambe has defeated Brentwood’s Micah Rosen on a 3-0 decision at the 2014 Damus Hollywood Invitational. Congratulations to both finalists and their coaches on receiving bids at this finals bid qualifier for the 2015 TOC in LD! Arjun is coached by Chris Theis and Scott ...

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Scarsdale’s Michael Bogaty wins 2014 Minneapple


Apple Valley, MN – Congratulations for Michael Bogaty of Scarsdale High School for his 2-1 victory over Greenhill’s Bennett Eckert in the final round at the 2014 Minneapple Tournament. The Minneapple is an octafinals bid qualifier to the 2015 Tournament of Champions in LD. Doubles Greenhill BE def Walt Whitman MR ...

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Varun Bhave Wins the 2014 Meadows Invitational


Las Vegas, NV – Varun Bhave of Torrey Pines defeated Greenhill’s Bennett Eckert on a 2-1 decision to win the 2014 Meadows Invitational. Congratulations to both finalists, as well as their coaches. Varun is coached by Marshall Thompson, while Bennett is coached by Aaron Timmons, Bekah Boyer, Josh Roberts, and Rebecca ...

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In Defense of Topical Switch-Side Debate


Requiring debaters to debate the resolution isn’t unfairly exclusionary, nor does it preclude critical advocacies by Dave McGinnis Lincoln-Douglas debaters should be required to defend the truth of the resolution when they affirm, and to argue the falsity of the resolution when they negate. The meaning of “truth” and “falsity” ...

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The New Impact-Justified Standards


by Emily Massey When I debated five years ago, it was common to hear frameworks like this: “The standard is minimizing terrorism. Terrorism kills [#] people every year, making it the largest threat to civilians worldwide. Terrorism destabilizes the international community, causing wars, etc.” Then, debaters started pointing out that these ...

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Trent Gilbert wins Iowa Caucus

Iowa Caucus Champs

Cedar Rapids, IA Valley High School’s Trent Gilbert defeated Barrington High School’s Sienna Nordquist to win the 2014 Iowa Caucus tournament, hosted by Cedar Rapids Washington High School. Trent is coached by Christian Tarsney, Lucy Korsakov and Leah Shapiro. Sienna is coached by Brian Denesha and Taylor Amey. Full results: ...

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Amos Jeng Wins Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman


Bethesda, MD- Byram Hills’ Amos Jeng defeated Independent Jake Steirn in finals of the Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman.   Amos is coached by Benjamin Koh, Young Coach Doug (Ben Ulene), and Janna White.  Jake is coached by Megan Loden, Grant Reiter, Bob Overing, Robbie Steirn, Martin Sigalow, Nick ...

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Varun Bhave wins The New York City Invitational


Brentwood MR vs Newark Science AF (Elisetty, Dunay, DeBois) Walt Whitman SCa vs Lake Highland RS (Legried, Traber, Prasad) Grapevine AY vs Brentwood JC (Traber, Koh, Tarsney) Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches NV vs WDM Valley GS (Thaler, Cha, Natbony) George Washington CO DL vs Cypress Bay JS (Massey, ...

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David Branse Wins the 2014 Bronx Round Robin


New York, New York Congratulations to University’s David Branse on defeating Sacred Heart’s Adam Tomasi to win the 2014 Bronx Round Robin. David is coached by Zach Prax, Tom Evnen, and Grant Reiter. Adam is coached by Jacob Nails. The Levinson™ Pod 1. University School (FL) — David Branse, 9-1 ...

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6 Key Strategies Against Paragraph Theory


by Sam Natbony Today’s abuse is often caused by theory itself rather than traditionally abusive arguments such as a prioris and skepticism. Paragraph theory arguments have become prevalent in affirmative cases where debaters load cases with theoretical specifications that constrain the negative advocacy. It is uncommon to watch a round ...

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Varun Bhave Wins 2014 Voices Invitational


San Jose, CA – Congratulations to Del Mar’s Varun Bhave for defeating Harvard-Westlake’s Nick Steele to win the 2014 to Voices Invitational. Voices is a quarterfinals bid to the Tournament of Champions. Varun is coached by Marshall Thompson. Nick is coached by Mike Bietz, Steve Knell, Danny DeBois, Daniel Tartakovsky, Bill Neesen, ...

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David Branse Wins the 2014 Crestian Tradition


Weston, Fl – Congratulations to University’s David Branse for defeating LAMP’s Ruchir Rastogi to win the 2014 Crestian Tradition. David is coached by Zach Prax, Tom Evnen, and Grant Reiter. Ruchir is coached by Chris Colvin, Nitin Rastogi, and Grant Reiter. Octafinals University JR def. Byram Hills JBr 3-0 (DeVore, ...

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