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!