Debaters Participate in Lake Travis Tournament

By Bernice Chen, Opinions Editor

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  • In between rounds, debaters take a group photo together. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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  • Preparing for their next rounds, Lincoln Douglas debaters discuss arguments. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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  • Starting off their semifinals round, Sharanya Gupta '23 reads out their case. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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  • After their quarterfinals debate round, Juniors Jeff Freeman and Arnav Gunwani wait for the judges' decisions. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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Debaters secured several state points over the weekend towards qualifying for the Texas Forensic Association state tournament. From Friday, Sept. 20 to Saturday, Sept. 21, students participated in the Lake Travis High School debate tournament and achieved success in many events, including first place in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate, and Varsity Policy Debate. 

The results of the tournament can be found below:

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
1st Place: Jeff Freeman
6th Place: Pranav Srinivasan
7th Place: Rishob Dasgupta
8th Place: Hrushikesh Saranu
Semi-Finalists:

Sneha Bhale
Pratik Neerukonda
Anthony Kehl
Katie Falcon
Rushil Patange
Vani Shah
Maimuna Masud
Sindhoora Koneru

Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking
3rd Place: Shawn Hatcher
5th Place: Aman Tewari
Semi-Finalists:

Sonny Stenson
Anuja Uppuluri
Nikhil Reddy

Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
1st Place: Olivia Yang
6th Place: Gabriel Trout
7th Place: Ariel Sun
Semi-Finalists:

Adarsh Ambekar
Shreya Dawady
Triambika Dinakaran
Aaditya Ganesan
Sharanya Gupta
Brian Jeon
Alicia Lin
Jessamine Qu
Akhila Rajesh
Shreya Tiwari
Tori Xiao
Rowechen Zhong
Grace Zhu

Varsity Lincoln Douglas (LD) Debate
1st Place: Anoop Rachakonda
2nd Place: Saavan Myneni
Semi-Finalists: Vishal Narra
Quarter-Finalists:

Aarya Agarwal
Alice Zhang
Pranav Medikonduru
AJ Darwin

Novice Lincoln Douglas (LD) Debate
1st Place: Brian Jeon
2nd Place: Aaditya Ganesan
Semi-Finalists:

Shreya Tiwari
Tori Xiao

Quarter-Finalists: Prithiv Premkumar

Varsity Policy (CX) Debate
1st Place: Ananth Kumar – Jeffrey You

Novice Policy (CX) Debate
1st Place: Neil Choudhary – Jhanvi Karthik

Varsity Public Forum (PF) Debate
Quarter-Finalists: Jeff Freeman – Arnav Gunwani

Novice Public Forum (PF) Debate
Semi-Finalists: Sharanya Gupta – Jack Moran
Quarter-Finalists: Jessamine Qu – Ariel Sun