Five New Trier debaters competed at the Tournament of Champions last month, a competition widely recognized as the premier national championship in high school debate. The tournament was hosted by the University of Kentucky on April 27-29.
Policy debate seniors Josie Ewing and Hannah Kadin placed in the top eight nationally after advancing to the quarterfinals of the tournament. The pair defeated teams from California, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas in addition to some schools from Illinois. Kadin was also awarded the 12th place individual speaker award out of 156 debaters.
Fellow Trevians Jack Altman and Roland Kim won four out of seven debates, missing elimination rounds by just one ballot.
Junior Max Rosen competed in Congressional debate at the tournament. He advanced out the preliminary sessions into semifinals, placing him in the top third of 138 debaters.
"Even qualifying to compete at the Tournament of Champions is a feat in and of itself," Coach David Weston said, explaining that students earn "bids" throughout the year by advancing to certain elimination rounds at regional and national tournaments. "A vast majority of high school debaters will not the achieve the right to compete at this event."
New Trier's competitive debate season may be over, but Weston says the students are already making plans for the next school year. Several students will be attending summer debate workshops at universities around the country to hone their skills.