Senior takes first place in debate

Jessica Spitz

Shelby Heitner ’14 won the 2013 Alta Silver and Black Invitational debate tournament Dec. 7.

Heitner, along with Cameron Cohen ’16, William Gingold ’14, Dario Madyoon ’17 and Nick Steele ’16 competed in the tournament in Alta, Utah. Steele, Heitner and Cohen all advanced past the preliminary rounds and to the semifinals, each receiving a bid for the Tournament of Champions. Debaters must earn at least two bids over the course of the season to be eligible to compete in the final tournament in the spring.

Cohen and Steele lost in the semifinals and Heitner moved on to the finals, where she defeated a student from San Jose, Calif. Heitner also won 14th speaker and Gingold won 12th speaker.

Megan Cohen ’17, Connor Engel ’17, Heitner, Annie Kors ’14 and Michael O’Krent ’14 debated at a tournament in Glenbrooks, Ill. Nov. 24. Kors finished the preliminary rounds with a record of 6-1 and advanced to the octafinals, where she was defeated. Engel also advanced to the octafinals in the JV division and won seventh speaker. Kors won 16th speaker and received a bid for the Tournament of Champions.

“I’m so proud of our team and how hard everyone has worked and how much we’ve achieved,” Kors said.