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Second City success for DA debaters

Good news from Speech and Debate Coach Robert Sheard:

Greetings from frigid Chicago! As you can tell from the timestamp [1:56 am], it's late, but I wanted to share the news with you before we lose tomorrow (today) to travel.

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.
But our Public Forum teams were show-stoppers. After 6 prelim rounds, our three entries were a combined 14-4. Will Ruff and Justin Katz were one of only three undefeated teams (out of 151 entries). Eilene Yang and Loften Deprez, and Rahul Sharma and Catherine Yang both went 4-2.

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).

Eilene and Loften were the 30th seed (earning a TOC bid), but then had the horrible luck of being paired with the 3rd seed -- Justin and Will--in the round of 32.

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.

Robert Sheard
English Department
Director of Speech and Debate
Durham Academy
Posted by in Upper School on Monday November, 25, 2013
Tag:  Robert Sheard


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