Last weekend's debate tournament at the Science Park High School in Newark marked an important victory for the Quarry Lane Cougars!
Seasoned debaters from schools across the country attended the national-circuit Newark Invitational to participate in events ranging from policy to public forum. In varsity Lincoln Douglas, Zac Davis won four out of six preliminary rounds and advanced to partials. Debater Sai Karavadi won five preliminary rounds and won his way to semifinals, thus earning another bid to the annual Tournament of Champions. Closing out the invitational with Lexington High's Evan Li, Sai emerged triumphant among fifty-eight other competitors. Sai's victory does not end there, however. The weekend before, Sai participated in the seventeenth annual Lincoln Douglas Invitational hosted by the College Preparatory School Debate Team. After winning nearly all rounds in prelims, Sai advanced to quarterfinals with the unanimous approval of judges from the quarter and octofinal rounds.
Meanwhile, three of our public forum teams participated in the Arizona State HDSHC Invitational, a national-circuit competition for both speech and debate events. Teams Lucinda Quintal, Ritika Peddamallu, Sweta Atluri, and Harika Atluri won two of their preliminary rounds, earning 32nd and 33rd places, respectively. After winning all six of their preliminaries, Anik Sen and Keya Vijapure advanced to semifinals among roughly a hundred competitors. Keya was also awarded 5th place in speaker points for her category. For their achievements, they earned a 100 dollar scholarship granted by the Institute for Speech and Debate. Congratulations to all of the competitors!