New Trier debate begins 2017 strong at first national tournament of the year

Debate 2017

New Trier debaters proved they can compete with the best teams in the country after they made it to the final rounds at the Barkley Forum for High Schools in Atlanta.

Every January, Emory University hosts the tournament in Georgia, drawing some of the best high school competition in the nation. More than 1,000 students, teachers, school administrators and college coaches engage in the variety of forensic events.

Senior Lily Warner competed in Congressional Debate with a field of 155 debaters. She debated her way through three preliminary chambers and advanced to the semifinals. From there, Warner outspoke the competition making her way into the final chamber, where she finished in third place. This was the highest placing performance of any New Trier debater in Congressional Debate.

Seniors Celia Buckman and Connor Warshauer competed in two-person policy debate. The pair earned a 5-1 record advancing into elimination rounds. Buckman and Warshauer defeated teams from the Head Royce School in California and Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Florida to finish in the quarterfinals, taking seventh place overall in a field of 106 teams. Warshauer finished as the 13th individual speaker out of 212 debaters.

Moving forward, the New Trier debate team will be participating in local tournaments at Evanston Township High School and Maine East High School before heading to the University of California Berkeley this month.