Jose Martinez and Julia Montejo of the Cornell Forensics Society Spanish-Language team won the Spanish Grand Final at the Pan-American Debating Championship 2015 at the University of Miami, Florida.
Kevin Kay and Zach Rosenof competed in the English-language division and were ranked the 11th best team after six preliminary rounds and became Quarter-Finalists.
Happy 2015 CFS Friends and Families!
Our teams traveled to Malaysia, South Korea and California over the winter break and brought back some exceptional experiences and new skills to share with our team.
The Policy team journeyed to two competitions in California, first at the University of Southern California then to California State University at Fullerton. With over 100 teams entered from over 30 schools at USC (and similar entries for Fullerton), these two “Cal-Swing” tournaments offered an opportunity to gain unparalleled tournament experience. Cornell entered all of their teams, including JV and Novice debaters, to debate in the Varsity division at both tournaments so that they can get the most intense educational experience debating against top teams in the country. John Gunn, Gabriella Knight, Rebecca Blair, Lauren Kelly, Lauren Luciani, Alexander Lewis, David Rooney, Shohini Kundu, Emily Zhang, and Dora Tan competed, each picking up ballots at both tournaments despite being in the toughest division
The Worlds team traveled to the World Universities Debating Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from December 27 – January 4, 2015. We entered three teams and three judges in the competition, and all of our teams finished the nine preliminary rounds with enough points to put them just a few points below the minimum number to get into elimination rounds. Our top team, Justin Ying and Julius Kairey, finished with 17 points, just one point away from advancing into elimination rounds. Adnan Muttalib and En Ting Lee won 15 total points while Maggie Heinichen and Minae Kwon won 13 points. At the World Championship judges compete for the honor of adjudicating the elimination rounds, and Cornell coaches Lindsay Bing and Charlie Morris were selected to judge ESL Semifinals, Open Quarterfinals and Open Octofinals. Neshay Aqueel, Cornell’s third judge, was within just a few points of being selected to judge the elimination rounds. Charlie Morris and Lindsay Bing also made it to the Master’s Final, a mini-tournament for retired debaters.
Cornell-Yonsei Debate Invitational 2015
Following the World Championship, Lindsay Bing, Adnan Muttalib, Minae Kwon and Jennifer Kim attended the Cornell-Yonsei Debate Invitational in Seoul, South Korea as adjudicators and trainers. Cornell Forensics Society member Daniel Yoon ran the elite high-school tournament and middle school workshop as he completes his two years of service in Korea before returning to finish his degree at Cornell. CFS alumna Michelle Huang also joined us from Cambodia where she is working on a fellowship to research and aid labor law advocates in the capital. The tournament and workshop were a rousing success and Cornell looks forward to working with Yonsei University in the future to provide debate opportunities for students throughout Korea.
CFS was one of the few Cornell student-centered projects selected for the university’s official Crowdfunding project. Our project raised over $18,000 to send our students to the 2015 U.S. Universities Debating Championships in Alaska!
We are so grateful to the 180 generous people who chose to show their support for Cornell Forensics. Every dollar made a difference, and we are so thankful for our smallest to our largest sponsors.
We will keep you updated on our success as we build toward the championships in April.
Thanks again from the whole Cornell Forensics Family!
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Between 11th and 14th April, Cornell competed at the US National BP Championships and had an excellent showing! 4 teams made it to the elimination rounds: Nikki Prasad, CALS ’14, and Michelle Huang, ILR ’14, were Octofinalists; En Ting Lee, AS ’17, and Adnan Muttalib, AS ’16, were Quarterfinalists; Julius Kairey, AS ’15, and Justin Ying, AS ’16 were Semifinalists; Srinath Reddy, AS ’14, and Kirat Singh, AS ’14, made it to the Finals. Additionally, Justin was 15th varsity speaker, Reddy was 13th, Kirat was 12th with En Ting as the 4th novice speaker. Congratulations to all Cornell debaters for their superb performances!