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ByEnTing Lee

Spring Break Success for Worlds Squad

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.

ByEnTing Lee

Worlds Team Wins Empire Debates in NYC

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!



ByEnTing Lee

Policy Team Reaches Final Four at National Tournament

The Policy squad sent 4 teams to CEDA Nationals, the largest national policy tournament in the country. After multiple grueling preliminary rounds, 2 teams reached the elimination rounds.

The team of David Rooney and Gabriella Knight reached the Semifinals, narrowly losing their round on a 2-1 decision. Gabby was also the 22nd speaker of the entire tournament.

In addition, the team of Lauren Luciani and Nicholas Tilmes reached the Octofinals, establishing them as one of the top 16 teams in the entire country.

Congratulations to the Policy squad!

ByEnTing Lee

Worlds Squad Finals at Eastern Regionals

The Worlds squad headed to D.C. this weekend to debate at the US Universities Eastern Regional Championship. Spirits were high despite the eight-hour bus journey, and every team headed into the competition ready to conquer!

After 4 preliminary rounds, 4 teams from Cornell broke to elimination rounds, comprising a quarter of the break. The teams of Brittany Garcia and Rubin Danberg-Biggs, and Daniel Stoyell and Safwan Jalal made it to the finals, beating out over 70 other teams at the tournament. The teams of Alex Chakrin and Justin Liu, and Aniroodh Ravikumar and Emma Rose Wirshing finished as semifinalists and quarterfinalists respectively.

Cornell also came home with speaker awards: in the Open division, Dan placed 3rd, Safwan placed 6th, and Emma Rose placed 9th. In the Novice division, Aniroodh took the top speaker award, and Denny Lee placed 4th.

Congratulations to the Worlds squad!


ByEnTing Lee

Speech Sweeps Competition at New England Championships

Speech traveled to the New England Championships in Boston last weekend and blew away the competition, winning 1st place sweepstakes and dominating in individual events!

In IPDA debate, Leonardo Grageda placed 1st in the finals, and was also the top speaker in the entire category. Leo also placed 1st in the Informative category, earning a leg for AFA, while Steph placed 3rd in Informative.

In Extemporaneous, Jay Sirot placed 1st, and Julia Montejo placed 3rd. Both speakers also competed in Impromptu speaking, with Jay placing 4th and Julia placing 5th.

Last but not least, Brianna Mims swept first places and earned a leg for AFA in both Dramatic Interpretation and Prose, while Serena qualified for Nationals by placing 1st in After-Dinner Speaking.