Six debaters reach elimination rounds at annual Tournament of Champions

Six debaters reach elimination rounds at annual Tournament of Champions

Six members of the debate team reached elimination rounds at the Tournament of Champions in Lexington, Kentucky, from April 27-29. Samantha McLoughlin ’21, Jaya Nayar ’20, Alexandra Mork ’20, Spencer Paul ’19, Ari Davidson ’19 and Chronicle Opinion Editor Vishan Chaudhary ’19 all cleared to elimination rounds. Mork made it to double-octofinals, McLoughlin, Paul and […]

Debate team gets most bids

Debate team gets most bids

The debate team is leading the nation with 19 bids to the Tournament of Champions. Jaya Nayar ’20, Spencer Paul ’19, Lauren Morganbesser ’19, Jake Davidson ’19, Chronicle assistant opinion editor Vishan Chaudary ’19, Chronicle freelancer Indu Pandey ’18 and Chronicle staff writer Alexandra Mork ’20 each received the two bids necessary to qualify for […]

LIVEBLOG: Tournament of Champions

Seven members of the varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate team, the most from any school in the country, have qualified for the Tournament of Champions. The TOC, held this weekend at the University of Kentucky, accepts only the top 75 debaters nationwide. Debaters will share tweets, pictures and video from their experiences at the tournament as well […]

Senior can’t imagine life without debate

By Chelsea Khakshouri With her large stack of hotel room keys as proof of her constant travels, debate team captain Michelle Choi ’12 has placed in numerous national and international debate competitions. Choi began debating in fifth grade when a teacher recruited her for the team. She continued debating throughout middle school and now competes […]

Debate coach promoted to full-time program head at both campuses

By Luke Holthouse After transforming the Harvard-Westlake Lincoln Douglas debate team into one of the top programs in the country, Mike Bietz has been promoted to Program Director of Debate, overseeing both Middle School and Upper School Debate. He was formerly a part-time employee as the head coach of the Upper School Lincoln-Douglas debate team […]

Debater reaches octofinals at national tournament

By Susan Wang The debate team competed in the Tournament of Champions, a prestigious annual tournament during the first weekend of May, at the University of Kentucky last weekend. Jake Sonnenberg ’11 advanced the farthest, reaching the octafinals where he competed in elimination rounds with 15 other students. Ben Sprung-Keyser ’11 and Michelle Choi ’12 each won at least five out […]

Debate team wins in Iowa invitationals, moves forward

By David Lim and Ana Scuric Lincoln-Douglas debaters will head off this weekend to the St. Mark School’s Heart of Texas Invitational in Dallas and The New York City Invitational at The Bronx High School of Science. Both tournaments are among the most competitive in the country and will be attended by eight members of […]

Debate team attends tournament at Yale

By Hana Al-Henaid Seven members of the Harvard-Westlake debate team attended the Yale Invitational Tournament last weekend. All debaters competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate and were accompanied by their coach, Michael Beitz. In preparation for the new school year, the novices who competed in the tournament, Katharine Hong ’10, Lauren Seo ’10, Jeffrey Sperling ’11, and […]

Debate team coach leaves school for Colorado

Michelin Massey, former coach of the debate team, left to go to Denver for business matters. The new instructor has not yet been selected, but candidates are being interviewed. The school hopes to hire a new coach with the next week, Harry Salamandra, Head of Upper School, said. — Billy Goulston