Debaters travel to national championships


Liz Yount ’17 (right) debates in the quarterfinals round of the Harvard World Schools tournament in Boston. The school sent one team of four students and one team of three students to participate in the world schools style tournament. Printed with permission of Mike Bietz

Sabrina de Brito

Five qualified Harvard-Westlake debaters will be attending the 45th Annual Tournament of Champions in Kentucky April 30-May 2.

“All of our success this season, and even at our postseason championship tournaments, are all due to a strong team effort,” Head of Debate Mike Bietz said. “Certainly all of the individual debaters work exceptionally hard. Many of our debaters spend an additional 20 to 40 hours a week working on debate. The coaching staff is very proud of how so many different members of the team have contributed.”

At the Reagan Foundation Great Communicator Western Qualifier tournament at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks on April 17, Lauren Morganbesser ’19 qualified for quarterfinals, while Kimberly Kimura ’19 made it to octafinals.

At the NDCA National Championships in Orlando April 8-11, Cameron Cohen ‘16 won second place overall, and Indu Pandey ‘18 won 14th place speaker. Nick Steele ‘16 won fifth place speaker, while Cohen took third place speaker.

At the King Round Robin tournament April 1-2 in Houston, Cohen won first place overall as well as the top speaker award.

At the Novice National Championships held at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, Jaya Nayar ’20 and Alex Monk ’20 won the tournament as co-champions.

At the first Harvard College World Schools Invitational March 25-27, Liz Yount ’17 and Dario Madyoon ’17 won speaker awards, while Yount also won second place speaker overall. Four of the seven juniors who competed at the tournament made it to elimination rounds. Harvard-Westlake was the only American team to make it to elimination rounds.