BDL Debaters Debate on MLK Weekend – Continuing MLK’s Legacy of Policy Advocacy

On January 18th and 19th, English High School and TechBoston Academy simultaneously hosted the Boston Debate League’s Winter Season Opener.   Debating on MLK weekend, debaters honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as policy debaters whose growing skills position them to be lifelong advocates of holistic and equitable policies that will guarantee future generations a greater quality of life.  With over 300 debaters honoring his legacy this weekend, it is clear that every school in the Boston Debate League has been working hard to recruit and prepare new and returning debaters for what turned out to be our most competitive Winter Season Opener yet.  See pictures here.

In the High School Division at English High School, Boston Latin Academy had its best showings yet; winning the tournament Championship, the Championship division, Varsity division, and the JV division.  However, both New Mission and Excel High School earned many honors including the Novice Championship and tournament runner-up, respectively.  In the Championship division, BLA’s Kalvin Nash & Juan Paniagua and Henry Chavez & Michael John were champions and finalists respectively, with their teammates Elaine Marton & Louise Barias and Elahd Hain & Ayub Sharif helping them closeout the Championship division.  Also worthy of praise is Heaven Reda of Westie’s debate team who earned top speaker in the Championship division.  In Varsity, BLA’s Arianna Ortizdixon & Vita Franjul defeated New Mission/BCLA’s Fatah Adan & Elvis Alvarado in a 2-1 decsion.  Logan Young of Eastie and Destiny Conceptcion of Excel are also worthy of congratulations as the division’s 1st and 2nd place speakers, respectively.  In the JV division, BLA’s Kyhara Martinez & Natalie Rodriguez won over the very strong team of Bernande Saintil & Johnny Jones of Excel High School with Diego Villafuerte of BLA and Jennifer Baptiste of East Boston earning 1st and 2nd place speakers, respectively.  In the Novice Division, New Mission dominated, with Iman Brown as top speaker and by closing out the Novice finals with Sarah Farah & Jalene Sanchez and Jina Johnson & Bayleigh Johnson as champions and finalists, respectively.

At TechBoston Academy, in the high school division Brighton High School maintains its streak of tournament championships, even with an up-and-coming Burke High School as a close runner-up.  In the Varsity division,  Burke High School’s Tyriek Silva & Toyosi Oyedeji had a breakout performance, defeating Brighton’s Jalen Campbell in a close finals matchup.  Top varsity speaker Jennie Lai of Techboston and second place speaker Princess Mansaray  of Charlestown hit personal records for speaking performances as well.   In JV, JQUS’ Brieana Valdez &  Simon Wu defeated Westie’s Antonee Alexis to win the division’s championship, while  Brighton’s Jody-Gaye Longmore claimed top speaker.  In Novice, Melissa Louisdhon &  Guerda Elisna of TechBoston lost the division’s championship to Abdi Abdirahman & Ahmed Ibrahim of Charlestown while Rubens Lacoutre of TechBoston took top speaker and Yanny Adebanjo of Brighton claimed second speaker.  See full results here.

In the Middle School Division at TechBoston Academy,  Timilty Middle School remained undefeated, with TechBoston as a close runner-up.  Irving Middle School and Eliot Middle School claimed the spirit award for their team’s excellent sportsmanship and effort.  See full results for the middle school and high school divisions here.

As always, many thanks are due to our coaches and headmasters for our most competitive Winter Season Opener yet!  Also, thank you to our volunteer judges!   Mohamed Nouri, Abhi Bhakta Fabrice Montissoll, and Justin Mei won the outstanding judge awards for this weekend and at our next tournament on February 8th and 9th it could be you!  Please sign up to judge here!  Judging is easy, rewarding, no experience is necessary, and training is done at the tournament site.

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