WINNETKA – Throughout the first three weekends of March, New Trier High School’s debate team earned top awards in the varsity, junior varsity and novice state championship tournaments.
At the IHSA Varsity State Championship Tournament, hosted at the University of Illinois-Springfield, New Trier earned medals in three different debate events.
Juniors Josie Ewing and Hannah Kadin finished as semi-finalists in policy debate. Ewing earned the 6th place overall individual speaker award out of 86 students and was named to the Illinois All-State Debate Team for finishing as a top 10 speaker. Juniors Jack Altman and Roland Kim also qualified for elimination rounds and were awarded quarterfinalist medals.
Sophomore Max Rosen had an excellent showing in congressional debate and finished in 7th place overall. Junior Will Thornton was awarded the 9th place individual speaker award in Lincoln Douglas, a one-on-one type of debate, which landed him a spot on the Illinois All-State Debate Team for the event.
In the junior varsity division, Max Rosen was crowned the Illinois JV champion for congressional debate after besting his competition at Conant High School on March 3 and 4. Jack Altman and sophomore David Peng finished as semifinalists in policy debate at the Junior Varsity State Championship Tournament, with Altman winning the 2nd overall individual speaker award out of over 96 speakers.
At the Novice State Championship Tournament, sophomore Tommy Serrino finished 2nd place in Lincoln Douglas debate, and freshmen Colin McDonough and Hannah Sussman finished as semifinalists for policy debate. McDonough was given the top individual speaker award out of 118 debaters and Sussman was the 2nd overall speaker at the tournament. Margaret Hecht and Danny Roytburg earned a quarterfinalist finish, ending their season as top eight in the state.
The Trevian debate team will finish its season in April with several students heading to two national championships: the National Debate Coaches Association National Tournament and the Tournament of Champions hosted by the University of Kentucky.
Submitted by New Trier Township High School District 203