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Varad Agarwala of Greenhill is the Emory champion

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Atlanta, GA Update: On a 4-1 decision, Varad Agarwala of Greenhill defeated Akhil Jalan of PV Peninsula to become the 2015 Emory champion. Congratulations to both debaters and their coaches!   NSD Update is pleased to find itself in sunny Atlanta, Georgia for the Barkley Forum for High School Students ...

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Lone Wolves: A Guide from a Tournament Director

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The national circuit is becoming increasingly unfriendly to “lone wolves.” In part because of the misbehavior of some independent travelers, tournaments that have in the past been reasonably friendly for the lone wolf have become less so. And tournaments that have never been lone wolf-friendly have taken steps to more ...

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Davis Labarre Tops Strake Jesuit

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Congratulations to Northland Christian’s Davis Labarre for winning the 2014 Strake Jesuit Tournament! Davis defeated Westlake’s Drew Burd in finals on a 2-1 decision (Cockroft, Dang, Harris*). Davis was also Top Seed and Top Speaker! Davis is coached by Paul Graveley, Courtney Coffman, Robbie Dillard, Yang Yi and Shania Hunt; ...

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Announcing NSD 2015!

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We are pleased to announce the new leadership of NSD, as well as the initial details of NSD’s 2015 summer institute! Leadership Tom Evnen is the new Director of NSD, and he will be joined by Terrence Lonam, who will work as his Associate Director. Eric Palmer, NSD’s Founder, will ...

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Annie Gersh Wins 2014 Alta Silver and Black Invitational

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Salt Lake City, UT – Annie Gersh of Marlborough defeated Harvard Westlake’s Connor Engel on a 2-1 decision to win the 2014 Alta Silver and Black Invitational. Alta is a quarterfinals bid qualifier to the Tournament of Champions. Congratulations to all! Doubles San Marino NL def Meadows AT Crossroads NS def Winter ...

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Pranav Reddy Wins 2014 Glenbrooks

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Northbrook, IL - Pranav Reddy (Harker) defeated Jackson Lallas (Brentwood) on a 2-1 decision in the final round of the 2014 Glenbrooks Tournament. The Glenbrooks is an octafinals bid qualifier to the 2015 TOC in LD. Congratulations to all! Doubles Peninsula AT def Strake SM 3-0 (Cha, Roberts, Shmikler) Newark ...

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Bronx Science and Newark Science Co-Champ Bump

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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