Jimís email to campus
Iím proud of our programís accomplishments as we start this fall semester. They reflect the hard work of our students and coaches. 39 students will participate in tournaments this fall and they have actively researched and compiled hundreds of documents already. They are learning about a host of issues: nuclear weapons policy, renewable energy policy, relations with Russia, as well as argumentation theory, political philosophy, and improved speaking capabilities (even if they speak a bit rapidly).
Nate and Daniel at Kentucky: 4th Place!
Nate Cohn and Daniel Straus just took 4th place at the incredibly competitive Kentucky Round Robin, narrowly getting edged out by Harvardís top team, signifying their clear presence among the top 5 teams in the country.
Daniel and Nate
PLU: Whitman wins and wins and wins . . .
The good news about Nate and Daniel follows an amazing showing at Pacific Lutheran University where our program advanced 8 teams into elimination rounds (a near record for our squad). Of particular note was Chris Fleming and Nick Griffin and Nigel Ramoz-Leslie and John-Henry Heckendorn who tied for 5th place in open division; Miranda Morton and Katie Kight (a beginner!) shocked open division by advancing to octafinals (Carly Johnson and Olivia Ware, both frosh, as well as Tim Wilder and Drake Skaggs advanced to double-octafinals); and Skyler Bissell (top speaker) and Will Stark were in finals in novice division (coupled with Zoe Kunkel-Patterson and Cassandra Baker and Ahmed El Kottby and Wayne Lichty who advanced to quarterfinals in novice division).
Nigel and Katie
At Gonzaga . . . Paperless and our teams take off
Prior to these two recent tournaments, in mid-September, the squad headed to Gonzaga where Paperless debating has taken offówith nearly 40% of the teams at the tournament no longer packing huge tubs of paper. It was very gratifying to see our programís work on this initiative pay off. Paperless is now nationwide and it is growing and widely appreciated for its environmentally friendly as well ease of use aspects.
In competition, the program advanced three teams into elimination rounds (second only to UC Berkeley); Nate was 2nd speaker at the tournament and he and Daniel took 3rd as a team. Spencer Janyk and Ali Edwards made it to octafinals and Brian Cole and Alex Zendeh were in double-octafinals.
Alex and Ali