Sunday, June 19, 2016

A National Champion, School of Honor, Mountain Hikers

A short recap of the 2016 national tournament:

Theo Teske won the middle school extemp speaking championship!   Lucca Figari was a national semifinalist, missing finals on a tie-breaker of judge preference.  In his final speech, Theo's ranks were 2-1-1-1-1 and he was the #1 seed throughout the tournament.  It's our first middle school championship.  Pictured below are all of the middle school champions at awards -- Theo is on the far right.
In the high school portion of the tournament, Anne Lepow and Sukriti Rawal were our highest placing entry, finishing in the top 20 in Policy debate.   They debated a string of top-level teams -- Rowland Hall, Glenbrook South, Glenbrook North, and Montgomery Bell Academy.   In the picture below, Anne and Sukriti are facing Glenbrook North.
Arvind Velluvali finished in the top 30 for Lincoln-Douglas debate and Max Schleck was an octofinalist in International Extemp speaking.  Both Max and Matias spent time helping Theo and Lucca -- one of the best qualities of our team our commitment to each other.  Edina earned a National School of Honor award (1 of 20 schools) for the second year in a row.  Below is whole nationals group and their awards.
Finally, after an 11 hour practice and scrimmage session, we took a break and went for a short hike in the Wasatch mountains.

These mountains are beautiful!

Thus ends the 2015-16 season!