Junior debaters win top national rankings

Led by two nationally- ranked juniors, the debate team consistently earned top results this year as tournaments increased in difficulty throughout the season. Cameron Cohen ’16 and Nick Steele ’16 consistently placed in the top five juniors at national events. Cohen, who began debating as a seventh grader, finished second in the Harvard Round Robin […]

Debate co-captains place in top 30

Debate co-captains Cameron Cohen ’16 and Nick Steele ’16 finished in the top 30 of 88 competitors at the 2015 annual Tournament of Champions held at the University of Kentucky April 25-27. The national championship attracts top high school debaters and is considered one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country. Cohen and Steele […]

Debate team continues streak of success

The debate team received an invitation to participate in the Old Parkland Debates, an invitational World Schools event, in Dallas March 28-29. In the high school division, five debaters will compete against some of the top debaters in the world. At the David Damus USC Tournament March 6-8, Nick Steele ’16 placed second and Cameron […]

Debate hosts two major tournaments

Many of the top debaters in the country competed at a national Lincoln-Douglas tournament hosted by Harvard-Westlake at the end of winter break, and middle school debaters competed on the upper school campus Jan. 10. “The Harvard-Westlake (previously VBT) tournament is one of the biggest tournaments of each debate season, and it went very well […]

Debate hosts first home tournament this year

The debate program hosted the Lincoln-Douglas style Damus Hollywood Invitational the weekend of Nov. 8-9, the first competition on home terrain this year. Cameron Cohen ’16 propelled Harvard-Westlake to the quarterfinals and was granted a speaker award for his performance. “I noticed that the varsity debaters were calmer since it was home turf,” said Connor […]

Debate team wins bids at tournaments

Debate team co-captain Cameron Cohen ’16 won his first bid toward qualifying for the Tournament of Champions, the nation’s premier debate competition. The Greenhill Fall Classic in Dallas Sept. 20-22 was the first major national tournament of the year and included some of the nation’s top debaters. Both co-captains, Cohen and Nick Steele ’16, advanced […]