• Senior Speeches on Jan. 26: Belle Smith, Val Hart, Emilia Topp Johnson, Naya Tadavarthy

  • Senior Speeches on Jan. 23: Numi Katz, Sophia Rose, Allie Verhey, Marlo Graham

The Rubicon

Debate teams dominate National Qualifiers

For the second year in a row, SPA teams earn all three spots.

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National Qualifiers pose with their plaques and their coach at the Dec. 9 tournament.

National Qualifiers pose with their plaques and their coach at the Dec. 9 tournament.

Submitted Photo: Tom Fones

Submitted Photo: Tom Fones

National Qualifiers pose with their plaques and their coach at the Dec. 9 tournament.

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What does it feel like to sweep the top three spots in the district and qualify for nationals? SPA Debaters Adnan Askari and Ben Konstan could tell you — twice.  They, along with juniors Olivia McCauley and Kieran Singh and sophomores Sameer Bijwadia and Liam Will, celebrated this achievement at the National Qualifiers Tournament on Dec. 9.

The teams rankes:
1) Olivia McCauley-Kieran Singh- juniors
2) Adnan Askari-Ben Konstan- seniors
3) Sameer Bijwadia- Liam Will- sophomores
According to Director of Debate Tom Fones, “Since 2011, 12 of the 18 two-person teams qualifying in our district have been from SPA.”
The National Speech and Debate Association national tournament will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida June 18-22, 2018.
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