Wrapping up another great high school summer debate camp this year with over 12 countries represented! Stay tuned for news about the 2018 program!
The Worlds squad had a busy spring break, participating in the Colgate Open on the 1st and 2nd of April, and then in the HWS Round Robin on the 8th and 9th of April.
Of the 6 teams participating in the Colgate Open, 4 teams broke to elimination rounds. The team of Sarah Karkoura and Ajay Kunapuli made it to Novice Finals, while the teams of Brittany Garcia and Denny Lee, and Daniel Stoyell and Rebecca Blair made it to Open Quarterfinals. In addition, the team of Adnan Muttalib and Enting Lee made it to Open Finals.
Cornell also picked up speaker awards at Colgate: in the Open category, Enting was 3rd speaker and Adnan 4th, and in the Novice category, Aniroodh Ravikumar was 3rd speaker, Denny Lee was 5th speaker, Sarah was 6th and Tony was 8th.
Adnan and Enting then traveled to Geneva, NY for the HWS Round Robin, a tournament which features the top 16 tournaments in the world. Beating teams from Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford and the International Islamic University of Malaysia, Adnan and Enting advanced to the finals of the tournament. They were also 6th and 4th speakers respectively.
The Worlds squad took 4 teams to New York City this weekend to compete at the Empire Debates, held at Kings College.
The team of Ankur Biswas and Inbum Lee reached the Open Finals, and after a tense hour spent debating determinism and free will, were crowned Overall Champions!
In addition, the team of Sarah Karkoura and Ajay Kunapuli reached the Novice Finals, beating out far more experienced teams on the way. Ajay was 4th Novice speaker, and Sarah was 6th Novice speaker.
Congratulations to all teams!