TJ Foley of Valley High School is this year’s Great Midwestern Novice LD champion. TJ defeated Neal Kapoor of Lake Highland Prep in the final round. TJ was coached by Dave McGinnis and Jason Smith; Neal is coached by George Clemens, Michelle Jiang, and Martin Sigalow.

Full results:

Octofinals

Millard North JM advances without debating

Lake Highland NK advances without debating

Lake Highland SP advances without debating

Valley IP defeats Los Altos JN (James Naumovski)

Lake Highland NP advances over Lake Highland GN (Gloria Nashed)

Valley TG advances over Valley CT (Conal Thomas-McGinnis)

Lake Highland MC advances over Lake Highland WB (Whitney Beamer)

Valley TF advances over Valley EM (Evan McKinney)

Quarterfinals

Valley TF defeats Millard North JM (Jesse Mu)

Lake Highland NK advances over Lake Highland MC (Michael Corder)

Lake Highland SP defeats Valley TG (Trent Gilbert)

Lake Highland NP defeats Valley IP (Isabelle Pierotti)

Semifinals

Valley TF defeats Lake Highland NP (Navya Potthamsetty)

Lake Highland NK advances over Lake Highland SP (Sreya Pinamaneni)

Finals

Valley TF defeats Lake Highland NK (Neal Kapoor)

Champion

Valley TF (TJ Foley)

In the JV division, Emma Weddle of Des Moines Roosevelt and Rikhav Shah of Lake Highland advanced to the final debate of the six-person round robin. On a 2-1 decision, Emma was declared the champion.