On March 16th and 17th, over 300 middle school and high school debaters competed at Timilty Middle School and English High School, respectively for the 2013 Fish and Richardson City Championship. With Timilty’s cafeteria packed with debaters and parents and debate rounds happening simultaneously in every available classroom (and even one in the hallway) at English High School, this was our most competitive City Championship ever! Beyond the excitement of the competition, both returning judges and community members equally remarked at the tremendous growth from Tournament 1 to now, in the debaters’ confidence, public speaking skills, academic language, critical literacy, and analytical skills. See pictures here.
At English HS,debaters from 13 different high school squads competed for only 8 outround spots in each division, with the Championship division, our open-evidence and original-research driven division, competing for a trip to the National Association of Urban Debate League’s National Tournament in Washington D.C.! Overall, the race for top squad was close, with Boston Latin Academy winning the tournament championship over second place and 5-time tournament champions, Brighton High School, who themselves narrowly beat out New Mission/BCLA and Excel High School for the honor. In the Championship division, Boston Debate League’s top seeded team of Darien Amado and top-speaker, Ted White were upset in the semifinals by BLA’s Henry Chavez and Michael John who went on to be the tournament champions over their teammates, tournament runner-ups, and NFL New England Qualifiers Louise Barias and Elaine Marton. In the Varsity Division, Julia Alexis and Jennie Lai of TechBoston defeated East Boston veterans Bridget Lovejoy and Allesandra Torres in a 2-1 decision with their teammate JP Parent of EastBoston earning a gavel as top-speaker. Capturing the tournament championship at their final home tournament, JV English High School debaters Alex Jesus and Curtney Brewster narrowly defeated the higher seeded Angelina Vallejo and Saned Diaz of New Mission/BCLA in a hard-fought final round. Also, worthy of note is Ahmend Ibrahim of Charlestown who won the top-speaker award for his incredible oratory skills. Finally, in the Novice division, Westie’s Earl Bender and Junior Emmanuel beat the very talented team of Flavia Freitas and Lynn Nguyen in a 2-1 decision. In addition, Niti Patel earned top-speaker award for the second tournament in a row! See full tournament results here.
As always, many thanks are due to our coaches and headmasters for our most competitive City Championship yet and for a fantastic year of debate! Nicolas Cathcart and Annabel Osborn won the outstanding judge award this weekend and next October it could be you!