RL’s Debate Team is on a Hot Streak!

This season of virtual debate tournaments has been a busy—and successful!—one for Roxbury Latin’s debaters. At the Loomis Chaffee Debate Tournament, held on January 23, RL boys earned a number of individual and team awards, including the Best School Award. Contributing to that first place effort were Raj Saha (IV), Jayden Phan (III), Dennis Jin (III) and Theo Coben (III) of the Novice Team, and Teddy Glaeser (I), Ethan Dhadly (II), David Albrechtskirchinger (II), and Carter Crowley (II) of the Advanced Team. Carter and David earned third place in the two-person advanced competition, and the Novice Team earned first place team in their own division with a perfect score of 6-0. Receiving individual awards in the Novice division were Jayden and Theo earning first place in the two-person events, and Dennis and Raj earning second place in the same. Theo earned second place speaker in the Novice division overall, and Jayden earned third. It was an exceptional showing for RL’s Novice Debate Team.

At the annual Kingswood-Oxford Debate Tournament on February 6, Roxbury Latin brought home the Googins Cup for the seventh year in a row! Earning that first place award were Jamie Drachman (II), Vishnu Emani (I), David Sullivan (I), and Ethan Dhadly (II). Vishnu earned first place in Persuasive Speaking, and David placed in three ways—first in Interpretive Reading, tied for second in Impromptu Speaking, and as the tournament’s third place Overall Speaker. Vishnu’s first place persuasive speech addressed encroachment on personal data by tech companies. David’s first place interpretive reading was from Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin. Thanks to their team efforts, and the leadership of Mr. Thomsen, the Googins Cup remains safe and secure in the Farnham Room for another year!