SELECT EVENT RESULTS

2014 CHINA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 

In July, IPDP teams finished second and third place at the China National Debating Championship. This was the second year that IPDP students attended the China National event. The tournament was held in Chengdu, China. In addition to team awards, three students placed in the top 6 speakers of the competition.

Planning is now underway to attend the 2015 championship.

2014 PAN AMERICAN DEBATING CHAMPIONSHIP – Mexico

Claremont Debate is the official US sponsor of the US team for the Pan American Debating Championship.  One US team placed fifth at the 2014 competition. Students ranked as the third and eighth place individual speakers. The tournament included many top international competitors, including Canada, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Bermuda.

Kate Shuster, coach for the IPDP/Team USA, is the current president (second term) of the Pan American Debate Organization (PADO). Kate helped administer the 2014 tournament and hosted one of PADO’s two annual business meetings.

The IPDP is actively involved in Pan American Debate programming. The IPDP has twice hosted the Pan American Debating Championship (2011 and 2015) and held debate workshops in participating countries. IPDP staff have served as PADO president and on PADO committees to improve tournament, debating, and judging practice.  Students have had considerable success at the Pan American Debating Championship, included first place in the tournament’s Spanish language division in 2011 and second place in the English language division in 2012.

The US will sponsor 6-9 teams in the English and Spanish language divisions at the 2015 Pan American Debating Championship, to be held January 6-11, 2015. (Site – Claremont McKenna College, Spanish division preliminary debaters, January 6-7; English language preliminary debates, January 8-9; elimination rounds beginning with quarterfinal debates for both divisions, January 10-11).

2014 HEART OF EUROPE DEBATE CHAMPIONSHIP – Czech Republic

In July, 2 IPDP teams attending the Heart of Europe Debating Championship in Olomouc, Czech Republic won team awards. The Heart of Europe tournament is one of the most competitive international events. The 2014 tournament included teams from 13 countries, with many highly successful debaters representing Sweden, South Africa, Canada, Turkey, Ukraine, Slovenia, Belarus, Nigeria, Croatia, Romania, Israel, Bulgaria, and the host, Czech Republic.

2013 US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE WSDC FORMAT 

In national debating, congratulations to the Harvard-Westlake School, the 2013 US National Champion in the WSDC format, and to Upland High School, the 2013 second place team.

The US National Championship in the WSDC format is school-based (i.e., teams register as 3-person teams with all participants from the same high school) but almost all other WSDC format event are individual-based, teams are formed from the national delegation and teams are likely to have representatives from different high schools or home-schooled students, often from different parts of the country.

International teams are welcome to fully participate at the US National Championship. If a non-US team wins the tournament, the top-ranked US team is recognized as the US School Champion and the international team is the US Championship Tournament Champion.

2013 CHINA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 

In July, IPDP teams finished second and third place at the China National Debating Championship. This was the first year that IPDP students attended the China National event. The tournament was held in Nanjing. In addition to team honors, US students won three of the top five individual speaker awards at the event, placing second, fourth, and fifth. One US team was eliminated from the competition by another US team in a semifinal debate.

The IPDP had a large tournament entry (and largest international contingent), with a 15-person group, including 9 debaters, 3 judges, a team manager and 2 parent volunteers.

Planning is now underway for the 2014 championship.

2013 PAN AMERICAN DEBATING CHAMPIONSHIP – Bermuda

Claremont Debate is the official US sponsor of the US team for the Pan American Debating Championship. In July, a US team missed qualifying for elimination debates in a tiebreaker, placing 6th at the Pan American Debating Championship in Bermuda. One student was ranked in the top ten individual speakers at the event. The tournament included many top international competitors, including Canada, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Bermuda.

Kate Shuster, coach for the IPDP/Team USA, is the current president (second term) of the Pan American Debate Organization (PADO). Kate helped administer the 2013 tournament and hosted one of PADO’s two annual business meetings. Miles Lifson, Claremont McKenna College ’13 attended the event to manage tournament tabulation operations. Miles led a workshop on tournament tabulation for coaches, teachers, and observers.

The IPDP is actively involved in Pan American Debate programming. The IPDP has hosted the Pan American Debating Championship and held debate workshops in participating countries. IPDP staff have served on PADO committees to improve tournament, debating, and judging practice.  Students have had considerable success at the Pan American Debating Championship, included first place in the tournament’s Spanish language division in 2011 and second place in the English language division in 2012.

2013 HEART OF EUROPE DEBATE CHAMPIONSHIP – Czech Republic

In August, all 4 IPDP teams attending the Heart of Europe Debating Championship in Olomouc, Czech Republic won team awards. The Heart of Europe tournament is one of the most competitive international events. The 2013 tournament included teams from 14 countries, with many highly successful debaters representing Sweden, South Africa, Canada, Turkey, Ukraine, Slovenia, Belarus, Nigeria, Croatia, Romania, Israel, Bulgaria, and the host, Czech Republic. US teams finished as octofinalist (1 team), quarterfinalists (2 teams), and finalist (second place, 1 team). Two US teams were eliminated from the competition by other US teams – one in an octofinal debate and the other in a quarterfinal debate. Four US individual speakers were ranked among the tournament’s top twenty speakers; 2 finished in the tournament’s top ten (6th and 8th place).

Although the US traveled as far as any other country to attend the tournament, the US had one of the largest tournament entries, with a 16-person contingent, including 12 debaters, 3 judges, and a team manager.

 

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