The Rowland Hall debate team started their rigorous debate season with a set of exceptional performances throughout October. With over 50 students on the team, this year looks to be one of the most competitive ever.
The opening tournament for the Utah circuit is the Young Lawyers tournament sponsored by the Utah State Bar Association. It was held October 4-5 and is considered one of the premier debate events in the state. In addition to tough opponents, the final rounds were actually decided by professional lawyers. In their first tournament ever, David Bernstein ’17, Carolina Andrus ’17 and Emma Carlin ’17 placed fifth in the Lincoln-Douglas and Public-Forum. The team of Aaron Friedman ’15 and Callie Frey ’16 finished third in Policy debate. And the overall champion of the tournament (defeating our rival Juan Diego on a 2-1 decision in finals) was Camila Reed-Guevara ’15 & Claire Wang ’15 (pictured above).
The team then set its sights on a regional tournament at Cyprus High where the ‘novice’ squad (meaning beginning students) looked to get some valuable exposure. A variety of students finished with winning records but a select few went undefeated! George Kingston ’17 & Josh Nkoy ’17 finished in fifth place and Joey Amiel ‘17 & Olyvia Mugweh ’17 won the entire tournament! On that same weekend, the varsity Public-Forum squad debated at the University of Utah tournament where Colby Russo-Hatch ‘15 & Cory Abdalla ’15 finished in fifth place.
Finally, the national travel squad attended the Meadows National tournament in Las Vegas, NV. 56 teams from Texas to California represented the toughest test of the year but a number of students rose to the occasion. Camilla & Claire made it to the Sweet 16 and Julia Goldman ’14 and Elliot Kovnick ’15 finished 3rd overall (losing on a 2-1 decision in the semifinals to the Kinkaid School)! The performance also earned Rowland Hall a ‘bid’ to the Tournament of Champions, which is an elite tournament, held at the end of the year where only the top 70 teams in the country qualify. How did we celebrate this tremendous accomplishment? By going to the top of the Stratosphere… the view from the top is spectacular
Check out additional pictures from these tournament and others at:https://sites.google.com/a/rowlandhall.org/debate/home