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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.

ByEnTing Lee

Policy Qualifies for National Debate Tournament

This weekend, the Policy squad sent teams to the Northeast Regional and the Northeast Districts tournament, happening simultaneously at Binghamton University.

In the Districts tournament, the team of Gabriella Knight and David Rooney finished in 3rd place, qualifying them for the policy National Debate Tournament (NDT) in March and establishing them as one of the top 70 teams in the country! Both speakers also received speaker awards, with Gabby placing 2nd and David placing 10th.

In the Regional tournament, the teams of Daniel Yoon and Hunter Seitz, and Bobby Ma and Susie Song made it to JV semifinals! All four speakers picked up awards, with Susie placing 2nd, Hunter placing 3rd, Bobby placing 4th and Daniel placing 5th.

In the Novice division, Basia van Buren and Joshua Mensah made it all the way to finals, dropping only one ballot out of 12 on their way there. Joshua was also 2nd speaker, and Basia was 8th speaker.

Congratulations to our Policy squad!