New Trier High School's debate teams competed in varsity, junior varsity, and novice state championship tournaments this March, earning top awards across all three levels.
At the IHSA Varsity State Championship Tournament, held at Illinois State University from March 14-16, junior Max Rosen was the IHSA state runner-up in congressional debate, taking second place out of over 160 competitors. Senior Teddy Kamin was named a "Best Presiding Officer" and advanced to the semifinal chamber.
In the policy debate division at IHSA, seniors Jack Altman and Roland Kim finished in the semifinals, taking fourth place overall. Seniors Josie Ewing and Hannah Kadin also advanced to elimination rounds and finished in the round of 16. All four seniors earned top 10 speaker awards and were named to the Illinois All-State Policy Debate Team as a result of their individual performances; Ewing was the fourth speaker, Kadin was seventh, Kim was ninth, and
Altman was tenth out of over 85 speakers.
Seniors Patrick Tolan and Will Thornton and junior Emma Mansour advanced to elimination rounds in the Lincoln Douglas division at IHSA, finishing in the sweet 16 of the contest. Thornton was given the 10th overall speaker award, which placed him on the All-State Debate Team for Lincoln Douglas
On March 10, freshman policy debaters Brendan Warshauer and Nicholas Wilson won the Illinois Debate Coaches Association state championship in the novice division. Novices Margaret Jones and Lucy Titterton also made elimination rounds at the IDCA novice state tournament, finishing in the sweet 16.
In the junior varsity policy debate division at IDCA, sophomores Danny Roytburg and Hannah Sussman finished third in the state. Sophomores Chelsea Lu and Tatum Richardson made it to the quarterfinals of the tournament, and Margaret Hecht and Colin McDonough finished in the round of 16. New Trier also captured five of the top ten speaker awards; Sussman was third, Roytburg fifth, Lu eighth, McDonough ninth and Richardson tenth overall.
At the JV state championship for Lincoln Douglas, junior Tommy Serrino, a second-year debater, finished in the semifinals as the tenth overall speaker in his field. In congressional debate, sophomore Will Armstrong took fifth in the state.
The Trevian debate team will finish its season next month with several students heading to two national championships: The National Debate Coaches Association National Tournament at Glenbrook South High School on April 13-15, and the Tournament of Champions hosted by the University of Kentucky on April 27-29.