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Speech and Debate at Harvard

Last weekend, members of the Varsity Speech and Debate teams traveled to Cambridge, MA to compete at the Harvard University National Forensics Tournament. This is one of the most significant and widely attended invitationals of the season on the national Speech & Debate circuit. Nearly 450 schools from 35 different states across the United States and Canada traveled to Harvard to compete! Our students had their work cut out for them competing on such a large national stage against so many other national circuit programs. 

In Varsity Policy Debate, students competed in seven preliminary debate rounds over the course of two days, for a total of 20+ hours of debating and preparing. The team of Caroline Young '25 and Lukas Updegraff '24 had a standout performance in the Varsity division, and earned a winning record. Caroline and Lukas defeated teams from Chicago, Boston, Minnesota, and New York, and advanced into the elimination rounds of the tournament! This is an incredible feat for these particular students, since they both started competing at the national circuit level just this year. In one season, they have transformed from novice debaters into varsity-level competitors, and to make it to elimination rounds at their final invitational of the year is an impressive accomplishment. This performance also puts Lukas and Caroline in the running for a slot at the National Debate Coaches Association National Championship!

Zadie DeFord '24 and Luca Tonda '24 also won several of their debates, defeating multiple teams from New York and from Texas. They have already qualified for the NDCA National Championship this year. 
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