Debaters Find Success at Districts Tournament

By Bernice Chen, Opinions Editor

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  • Debaters chat with each other before rounds. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

  • Students Arnav Gunwani '21 and Pranav Kulkarni '20 work together on their computers. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

  • Waiting for their next rounds, debaters hang out in a room and chat. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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From Friday, March 1 to Saturday, March 2, dozens of debaters competed at McNeil High School for the National Speech and Debate (NSDA) district tournament. The competition was an opportunity for the participants to qualify for the NSDA National tournament, which will be taking place in June. As a result of their efforts, Grace Chen ‘20 qualified for nationals in Big Questions Debate, Anurima Mummaneni ‘20 in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, and Emily Gao ‘19 in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking.

Below is a list of all the results from the tournament.

Informative Speaking
5th Place: Srivaishnavi Marreddy

Policy (CX) Debate
Quarter-Finalists (Round 4): Ruhee Nemawarkar – Katherine Yan

Public Forum (PF) Debate
Quarter-Finalists (Round 6): Bernice Chen – Harsha Rajesh

Big Questions (BQ) Debate
1st Place: Grace Chen

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
2nd Place: Anurima Mummaneni
Quarter-Finalists (Round 4): Vani Shah

Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking
2nd Place: Emily Gao
6th Place: Sonny Stenson
7th Place: Max Wolf