November 11, 2021

High School and Middle School Debate Teams Argue Their Way to the Top

By Anna Healy and Sarah Yousif

The Saline Debate Team, on both the middle and high school levels, are enjoying a successful season, with three in-state tournaments under their belts as well as many national level tournaments. Many debaters have shared in the wins.

High School and Middle School Debate Teams Argue Their Way to the Top

By Anna Healy and Sarah Yousif

 

The Saline Debate Team, on both the middle and high school levels, are enjoying a successful season, with three in-state tournaments under their belts as well as many national level tournaments. Many debaters have shared in the wins.

At the West Bloomfield Debate Invitational, Carolyn Kwon earned 1st place novice speaker in public forum; Neah Bloch earned 2nd place novice speaker; Sarah Yousif got 1st place in Varsity congressional debate; and Max Watkins got 5th place in novice congressional debate. 

At the The Edward J. Pappas Memorial Invitational, hosted by Wayne State University, the team did well across the board. In the middle school division, Kate Gilchrist and Alisha Sachdeva won the tournament in a 2-1 decision in finals, making them the first place team for the middle level. In the High School Novice division, Alice Jiang and Carolyn Kwon also won finals. In the Varsity division, Anna Healy and Elizabeth Sandru were finalists and took 2nd place. Speaker awards were also given to top 10 debaters in all three divisions with the middle schoolers being integrated in the Novice division. Novice: Kate Gilchrist (middle) in a three-way tie for 1st; Carolyn Kwon, 2nd; Alisha Sachdeva (middle), 6th; Neah Bloch, 9th; Alice Jiang, 10th. Varsity: Neil Sachdeva, 6th; Anna Healy and Elizabeth Sandru tied for 8th. Finally in Congressional debate, Sarah Yousif won the varsity division and Max Watkins placed 3rd in novice. 

At the Holt High School debate tournament, Lola O’Connor and Eva Cueto  (photo) kicked off the competition by winning the whole varsity Public Forum division. O’Connor and Cueto also took home 3rd and 6th place speaker awards, respectively. In Public Forum debate, novice Neah Bloch earned first place speaker. Lastly, in Congressional Debate Max Watkins won the novice division (Photo). 

At the Yale Tournament of Champions (TOC) qualifying National Tournament, based in Connecticut, Sarah Yousif made semifinals in congressional debate and gained her second TOC bid of the season, qualifying her for the Tournament of Champions. 

At the Bronx Science TOC qualifying National Tournament, in New York, Sarah Yousif made semifinals in congressional debate.

And, at the Florida Bluekey TOC qualifying National Tournament, Sarah Yousif made semifinals once again in congressional debate. She earned her third Tournament of Champions bid. Elizabeth Sandru and Neil Sachdeva won Three rounds in the varsity division of Public Forum. 

The Public Forum team is currently preparing for the University of Michigan tournament, which is a Tournament of Champions qualifier tournament. A win could enable a varsity partnership the opportunity to compete on the national level among some of the best debaters in the country.

The coaches include: Teachers Shelly Venema, Kennedy Willett, Laura Engelhuber, and parent Linda Yousif. This is Saline’s 10th year offering competitive debate.