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January 2020

Harrison Debate Team Off to Impressive Start The Harrison High School Debate Team has posted four tournament wins this season, garnered three top speaker awards, earned three bids to the national Tournament of Champions, a national event held in the spring, and attended four invitation-only national round robin tournaments. Senior Ava Zinman currently is ranked as the #2 Lincoln Douglas debater in the nation. Ava was the Princeton Tournament Champion, winning the varsity Lincoln Douglas division and earning her first qualifying bid of this year to the Tournament of Champions. Princeton's tournament is one of the most competitive of the year; this year, 144 varsity Lincoln-Douglas debaters and 84 novices from over 12 states debated through six preliminary rounds. Debaters with a record of 4-2 or better then participated in a series of elimination rounds until only two debaters remained for the final round. Ava also earned top speaker honors at the Byram Hills Regional Tournament and the Greenhill National Championship Tournament in Dallas TX, and was undefeated at the NYC Invitational Tournament. Junior Giovanni Cutri earned a Tournament of Champions bid at NYC Invitational and Molly Ryan secured her spot at the prestigious national tournament at the Apple Valley National Tournament in Minnesota. At Apple Valley, Debate Coach, Chetan Hertzig received the MinneApple’s 2019 Apple Award for outstanding achievement in and dedication to debate. Earlier in the season the team took all top six positions at the Byram Hills High School Regional Tournament: Ava Zinman - Champion, 1st place, Top Speaker; Rebecca Anderson - 2nd place; 2nd speaker; Giovanni Cutri - 3rd place, 3rd speaker; Ali Ahmad - 4th place, 6th speaker; Anthony Kang - 5th place, 4th speaker; Sonali Nicola - 6th place, 5th speaker. At the Riverdale Local Tournament, Harrison swept the top four spots: Yui Ikeda – Champion, 1st place; Jessie Pein- 2nd place; Annie Chen – 3rd place; Thomas Berg – 4th place.