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Debate Update

It was a good weekend to be a Trojan! Not only did TVS clean up at SPC, we also had an excellent showing at the Katy Taylor Debate Invitational in Houston! Asan Batyrbayev, at his second debate tournament in the states, brought home his first winning record, and Lulu Wu and Taylor Matthews had their first ever win as a pair and are getting better each week. Will Lourcey made his debut in Congressional Debate, and he's showing a great deal of promise, as well! And, in Policy debate, Raj Baweja and Kishan Kalaria brought home a third-place trophy as Semifinalists! Kishan Kalaria also brought home a trophy as the top speaker in Novice Policy.

But the big news of the weekend comes to us from Ronak Gandhi, who brought home not one, not two, but four tournament bids this weekend, in addition to a second-place trophy for Original Oratory. In a single weekend, Ronak has qualified to the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC) in Original Oratory and to the Tournament of Champions (TOC) proper in Domestic Extemporaneous and Original Oratory. He also broke to Finals in Congress, earning him his first bid to the TOC in that event! He'll be shooting for his second bid at UT next month and at Winston Churchill in January, but this weekend means that, whatever happens, Ronak is bound for Denver, Colorado for the NIETOC and Lexington, Kentucky for the TOC this spring!

Thank you all for your support of the debate team and please send your congratulations to all these kids!

DEBATE UPDATE: SUMMER EDITION

Saturday night, Brian Liao and Hae Seong Lee returned from a history-making trip to the National Speech and Debate Association's National Tournament in Birmingham Alabama. There, they competed with qualifiers from around the country for the top national spot in Policy debate. Together, they made it all the way to Round 8, a record for TVS Debate at NSDA Nationals. However, their success was not at an end: the two also competed in Extemporaneous Debate, an event only held at NSDA Nats. With only a half hour of preparation time on topics ranging from immigration to Russian détente, Brian fought his way through five double-elimination rounds, and Hae Seong made it all the way to six!

Brian and Hae Seong finished their debate careers at Nationals, and the team will be sorry to see them—and the other Seniors who did not join us in Birmingham—go! Please send them your congratulations, but also your best wishes as they make their way to college this Fall!

DEBATE UPDATE
This weekend, Ronak Gandhi, Hae Seong Lee, and Brian Liao represented TVS at the NSDA National Qualifier in Plano and Grapevine. In an astonishing show of perseverance and statesmanship, Ronak Gandhi overcame a Congress chamber stacked to the brim with students from Plano ISD in order to take third place in his second chamber! While this is not a strong enough position for Ronak to qualify to the National Championship, it is nevertheless an outstanding achievement. Meanwhile, in Policy Debate, Brian and Hae Seong went undefeated at this weekend's tournament and took home a pair of qualifications to the National Championship in Birmingham, Alabama this summer!

Please offer your congratulations to these students as well as your best wishes of good luck to Flavia Lima and Lara Turan, who will be traveling to the University of Kentucky to compete in the prestigious Tournament of Champions!
DEBATE UPDATE
Since our last update, TVS debaters have participated at two tournaments. For the first time ever, the TVS Debate Varsity Policy and Public Forum teams traveled to Boston, MA for the annual Harvard Debate Tournament. In addition to seeing a lot of beautiful scenery, touring some amazing college campuses, and dumping (a very small amount of) tea into Boston Harbor, Seniors Hae Seong Lee, Brian Liao and Lara Turan and Junior Flavia Lima brought home winning records from a highly competitive tournament! Special thanks go out to Amanda Collins, who travelled with the team as a chaperone.

TVS Debaters also sacrificed the first few days of their Spring Break on an arduous journey to the distant land of Plano, TX for the Texas Forensic Association's State Tournament. This year, seven debaters in total qualified to attend the event, the most TVS has ever sent. At the tournament, Hae Seong and Brian advanced to Double Octafinals as the sixth-seed team in Policy Debate with a 5-1 record. Junior Joey Cascino, in his first-ever State Tournament, also advanced all the way to finals in Senate Congressional Debate!

Next up for the TVS Debate Team is the NSDA National Qualifier tournament in Dallas on April 20th. Students will compete there against teams from across the incredibly competitive Lone Star NSDA District for a spot at the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament this summer in Birmingham, AL. Then, the last week of April, our Varsity Public Forum Team (Lima and Turan) will travel to the University of Kentucky for the Tournament of Champions!

It's been an exciting year for Trojan Debate, and it looks like we're up for a big finish!

Thanks to you all for your support!
DEBATE UPDATE

This past weekend, TVS competed in the Jesuit Prep Invitational in Dallas, where Brian Liao and Hae Seong Lee won First Place in Policy debate! They also took Fourth andSixth place in Speaker Awards, respectively.

Friday morning, Brian and Hae Seong will be joined by Flavia Lima and Lara Turan for a trip to the frozen wasteland of Cambridge, MA, where they will all compete for a TOC bid. If Flavia and Lara win their bid, they will be officially qualified for the prestigious Tournament of Champions, and will become the first ever competitors from TVS in Public Forum debate!

Wish them all the best of luck!

Dr. J. Austin Johnson
Trinity Valley School
Instructor in English and Director of Speech and Debate