Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to:
- connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
- share ideas about learning and human development;
- spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy.
Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing.
Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of School
Second City success for DA debaters
Good news from Speech and Debate Coach Robert Sheard:
This weekend the Cavaliers competed at The Glenbrooks, one of the four most prestigious tournaments of the year (the other three being Harvard, The Tournament of Champions, and NFL Nationals).
I want to congratulate Zain Clapacs on being a quarterfinalist in Extemporaneous Speaking and earning another bid to the Extemp Tournament of Champions.
Rahul and Catherine were the 33rd team, the top-ranked team not to make it into the elimination bracket (missing by only a fraction of one point in the tie-breaker).
Will and Justin kept winning and advancing, eventually reaching the final round late tonight. Their run ended in finals as the Runner-up, losing to the number 1 seed from Walt Whitman HS (and also current #1 in the country).
This is a massive victory for Will and Justin, which propels them into the top 15 in the national rankings, and is a great step as well for DA, and I couldn't be prouder of the work they've done. If you see them Tuesday, please congratulate them before we head for the Holidays.
And thank you for all your support of our team.
Director of Speech and Debate
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