Debaters Compete at Hendrickson/Pflugerville Tournament

By Shawkin Kabir

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  • To prepare new arguments, Harsha Rajesh '20, Daniel Tehrani '20, and Samit Deshmukh '20 read an article. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

    Photo By Bernice Chen

  • To help him prepare against his opponents, Truman Le explains an argument to Saavan Myneni '20. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

    Photo By Bernice Chen

  • Getting ready for his quarter-finals round, Pranav Medikonduru '22 types on his laptop. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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  • Before her next round, Ariel Sun '23 reads out her case for practice. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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  • Starting off his semi-finals round, Frank Lai '20 reads out his case. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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  • Nathan Fang '22 chats to other debaters. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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Hendrickson High School was packed with competitors preparing and rushing from one round to the next during the Hendrickson/Pflugerville Central Texas Swing Debate tournament that took place from Friday, Aug. 30 to Saturday, Aug. 31. It was the first debate tournament of the year on the local debate circuit, and being a swing tournament meant that it was two tournaments combined into one, increasing the number of rounds debated during the two days. Many students felt a mixture of emotions at the site of their first competition of the year.

“Feelings towards the first tournament, at first it’s nervousness,” Sudiksha Pradhan ‘21 said. “After the first couple rounds, you’re kind of tired, but also you’re finally back in the flow of tournament season.”

The results of each side of the tournament can be found below.

Hendrickson

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking

1st Place:  Anurima Mummaneni 

8th Place: Rishob Dasgupta 

Semi-Finalists:

Jeff Freeman

Vishal Narra

Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking

5th Place: Sonny Stenson

6th Place: Rishi Rajiv 

Semi-Finalists:

Sophia Wang 

Hrushi Saranu 

Tim Ma

Novice Extemporaneous Speaking

Semi-Finalists: Rowechen Zhong

Varsity Lincoln Douglas (LD) Debate

Semi-Finalists:

Alex Lee

Pranav Medikonduru

Quarter-Finalists:

Alice Zhang

Davina Le

Saavan Myneni

Octo-Finalists:

Eric Gao

AJ Darwin

Varsity Public Forum (PF) Debate

Semi-Finalists:

Pranav Kulkarni – Anand Singh

Jeff Freeman – Arnav Gunwani

Octo-Finalists:

Frank Lai – Harsha Rajesh

Sophia Wang – Mika Freund

Sidh Pandit – Sruthi Ramaswamy

Bryce Keeler – Amogh Mahambare

Novice Public Forum (PF) Debate

2nd Place: Ariel Sun – Jessamine Qu

 

Pflugerville

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking

1st Place: Anurima Mummaneni  

3rd Place: Jeff Freeman

5th Place: Rishob Dasgupta

8th Place: Pranav Srinivasan

Semi-Finalists:

Srivaishnavi Marreddy 

Clementine Larrouilh

Anthony Kehl

Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking

5th Place: Anuja Uppuluri

Semi-Finalists:

Sonny Stenson

Tim Ma

Aman Tewari

Lennon Aragon

Bowen James

Novice Extemporaneous Speaking

Semi-Finalists: Rowechen Zhong

Varsity Lincoln Douglas (LD) Debate

Semi-Finalists: Alice Zhang

Quarter-Finalists:

Davina Le

Alex Lee

Octo-Finalists:

Saavan Myneni

Vishal Narra

Varsity Public Forum (PF) Debate

Semi-Finalists: Harsha Rajesh – Frank Lai

Octo-Finalists:

Bernice Chen – Justin Xiao

Daniel Tehrani – Samit Deshmukh