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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

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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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Disclosure and Creativity by Martin Sigalow


Introduction This is the first of a few articles I will write criticizing disclosure as a norm in Lincoln Douglas debate. In this article, I will argue that the practice of disclosure diminishes creativity in debate and therefore prepares debaters poorly for life. I have three caveats to the disclosure …

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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 …

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Stuyvesant’s Shannon Lee takes the Columbia Invitational


Congratulations to Stuyvesant’s Shannon Lee and Scarsdale’s Zoe Ewing for making it to finals of the Columbia Invitational. Shannon defeated Zoe on a 4-1 decision (Cancro, Pregasen, Mendes, Panchanadam, Li*). Shannon is coached by Paul Zhou and Julie Sheinman while Zoe is coached by Rahul Gosain, Joe Vaughan and Mark Gorthey.

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Valley’s Danielle Reyes Wins Harvard!


Congratulations to Valley’s Danielle Reyes for winning the 2016 Harvard Invitational. In finals, Danielle defeated Cambridge’s Oliver Sussman on a 2-1 decision (DeBois, Kim*, Stevens). Oliver is coached by Bob Overing and Mathew Pregasen, Danielle is coached by Isis Davis-Marks, Christian Tarsney, Leah Shapiro, and Dave McGinnis. Results: Triples (1) …

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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

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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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MVLA’s Derek Zhang wins Stanford!

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Congratulations to Derek Zhang for winning the 2016 Stanford University National Invitational. In finals, Derek bested Mission San Jose’s Shivane Sabharwal on a 2-1 decision (Rastogi, Lonam, Taylor*). Derek is coached by Salim Damerdji and Tinuola Dada. Shivane is coached by Tom Kadie and Michael Harris.

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Lake Highland’s Neal Kapoor Takes Lexington


Congratulations to Lake Highland’s Neal Kapoor for winning the 2016 Lexington Winter Invitational! In finals, Neal defeated Millburn’s Wesley Hu on a 3-0 decision. Neal is coached by George Clemens, Terrence Lonam, Martin Sigalow, Becca Traber, Joseph Millman, Fred Ditzian, Michael Bogaty and Sam Azbel. Wesley is coached by Nathan Cha, Samantha Hom, …

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An Argument Against the States CP by Salim Damerdji


An Argument Against the States CP In this article I’d like to expand on an argument made by JP Lacy in 2009[1]: There is no entity with the power to decide between state & federal action…. Why do we need to get further into educational or fairness concerns? The choice …

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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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