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CHS debate team wins six out of eight divisions at Concord invitational

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The CHS debate team got off to a roaring start, winning six of the eight events that it competed in at the Concord invitational tournament. This was the first tournament this season where the entire team was eligible to compete.

The team took the titles of both categories of Lincoln-Douglas and Policy debate. Ian Quinn had a perfect record and cruised to the varsity division title. Closely following were CHS debaters Elia Livovich (2nd), Nathan Osborn (4th), Bella Auricchio (6th), and Zoe Swanson (7th). Emily Freundt won the novice division with a perfect record. She was closely trailed by Greta Burke (3rd), Emma Replin (4th), and Mia Enzer (5th).

The policy debate team of Madi Simms and Gianna Galante went undefeated en route to the tournament championship. They debated teammates Ethan Dibble and Ryan Donovan in the defacto final round, putting the boys in second place for the tournament. Mark Jewison and Milena Veltri came in fifth and Ben Hoham and Hattie Hoham placed sixth overall. Megan Nowka and Riley Hawksworth won their second novice division tournament in a row with a perfect record. Josh Fieffer and Jon McClure came in fifth.

Jackson Jessen and Saanya Agarwal were the top placing team in the novice division of Public Forum. The teams of Avery McCurdy and Chloe Vanderlin (3rd), Zander Fish and Evan Cowsert (4th), and Ashlee Hampton and Morgan Glossinger (8th) all received ribbons for their placings. Grace Whah and Emily Krygoske were the tournament runners-up in the varsity division. They defeated the winning team in head to head competition, but the tournament chose to use speaker points as the first tie breaker. Luke Vetroczky and Sam Burris came in third, while the teams of Nick Hanson and Tim Wheeler (6th) as well as Alexis Ioannidis and Sidney Pittman (7th) also placed.

Finally, Sid Augustyn was the runner-up in the varsity division of Congressional debate and was supported by strong finishes from teammates Savannah Hutchinson (6th) and Ethan Kroft (8th). Trina Gonzalez continued her strong start to the season with a third place finish in the novice division.


Posted 10/17/2019




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