While some were exchanging chocolates and roses this Valentine's Day weekend, New Trier debaters were exchanging wit and argumentation at the Cal Invitational. Hosted by the University of California-Berkeley, the Cal Invitational is one of the largest speech and debate competitions in the nation. It plays host to hundreds of debaters in a variety of formats.
In varsity policy debate, seniors AJ Byrne and William Kirby finished 6-0 in preliminary rounds. They won nine straight debates and finished in the quarterfinals (or the "elite eight") out of 206 teams. William was the 14th overall speaker and AJ was the 18th speaker in a field of 412 debaters.
Juniors Celia Buckman and Connor Warshauer also found elimination round success. They defeated the 14th and 19th seeds to finish in the sweet sixteen of the tournament. Both teams earned an additional qualifying bid to the Tournament of Champions, bringing their totals to four and three respectively.
The partnership of Charlie Hansell and Jack Scullion finished with a 5-1 preliminary record and finished their tournament in the first elimination round.
Senior Lincoln-Douglas debater Louis Kollar advanced to the top sixteen in the tournament after winning two elimination rounds. This earned Louis a qualifying bid to the Tournament of Champions. In a field of 217 speakers, Louis was honored as the 12th overall debater.
Senior Michelle Jiang and junior Lily Warner presided over and debated in three intense Congressional debate sessions. After two days of competition, Michelle and Lily both qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament.
New Trier was one of only handful of schools to have students compete in elimination rounds for three different debate events. Congratulations to all of our Trevians!