Debate1Nueva's parliamentary and public forum debate teams from both the Upper and Middle Schools were hugely successful at tournaments this past weekend.

At the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational (NPDI) at UC Berkeley on Saturday and Sunday, November 11–12, three Nueva teams — Adam K. and Paco P., Leo R. and Neeraj S., and Ben C. and Ben S. — reached the round of sixteen, otherwise known as the "Octas Round." No other school had this many teams in the top 16. Two of Nueva's teams — Adam and Paco, and Leo and Neeraj — made it all the way to the finals and were declared joint winners.

NPDI is one of the strongest parliamentary tournaments of the debating year, with over 100 teams in attendance, and so this represents a significant breakthrough for our parliamentary team.

Two seventh graders, Alex F. and Rohan S., and two ninth graders, Liam D. and Daniel H., bravely ventured into very serious junior division competition. In this, their very first debate tournament, each team had a strong showing, winning two rounds and losing three.

This same weekend, seven of Nueva's public forum debate teams, many of whom are beginners, competed for two days at Presentation High School in San Jose. After six rounds of competition, the teams — Clay A. and Sophia M., and Kevin W. and Elliot C. — were the two finalist teams. Armen M-Z. and Liam M. came in third place; Avi S. and Sebastian S. came in fourth place. Our two finalist teams went on to present an educational exhibition for the other 50 teams at the conclusion of the event.

Congratulations to all our debaters! If you would like to learn more about debate at Nueva, contact Parliamentary Debate Director Armand Domalewski or Director of Debate Les Phillips.


 November 15, 2017

 

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