Published on February 9th, 2016 |


Westminster debate team wins Barkley Forum National tournament

Westminster senior Anish Dayal, 17, and junior Harrison Hall 16, won the 61st Barkley Forum National policy debate tournament, an invitational event held Jan. 29-31 at Emory University. The tournament drew a field of the top 230 debaters from 35 states.

The Barkley Forum for High Schools has been committed to supporting high school forensics since 1956. With more than 74 schools in attendance, Dayal and Hall, currently the fourth-ranked team in the nation, won 10 consecutive rounds to reach the championship.

Along the way in the semifinals, they triumphed over the No. 1 team in the nation from the Blake School in Minneapolis to secure a spot in the final round against Raam Tambe and Jerry Wang from the Peninsula School in Menlo Park, California.

After a debate about the merits of the U.S. government’s surveillance policies, Dayal and Hall were victorious over Peninsula in a 22-5 decision coming from a panel of judges known as the Barkley Forum key coaches.

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    1. Buckhead Betty says:

      Nice job, Wildcats! Congratulations!

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