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rounds possible on topics from a global tax on wealth to communal living. The three USA teams used that opportunity to focus on absorbing extensive feedback from judges and using that to hone our skills without needing to focus on our records. On the second night of the round robin, we went out to dinner with Team Singapore. We fumbled with the electronic menus and hotpots, gobbled down plates and plates of food, occasionally began to nod off at the table, but most importantly, forged stronger bonds within the team and created new ones with our new friends. That is what makes USA Debate so special: the incredible opportunity to make new connections all around the globe. In addition to the round robin, Team Red—Aditya Dhar (’17), Gaurav Gawankar (’17), and Liz Yount (’17)— ABOUT THE

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engaged in two demo debates at the beginning and the end of the trip. In the first demo, the dynamic trio debated Singapore’s national team and defended the benefits of globalization. In the second, at the very end of the tournament, they advocated not repatriating cultural treasures against Team Hong Kong. Aditya found the experience both exhilarating and educational. “It was amazing to debate the Hong Kong and Singaporean national teams, especially in front of a panel of esteemed coaches and an audience of fellow students,” he said. “The demo debates taught us a lot about not only the different styles that these teams use, but also showed us that these teams had different conceptions about several of the topics, or operated with separate assumptions. It was really exciting to have the opportunity to debate such excellent

Ella Michaels is a junior from North Hollywood High School in California. Ellie Grossman is a senior from The Blake School in Minnesota.

teams, and I’m glad that we always get to compete against amazing debaters from all across the world!” In late March, USA Debate heads to Boston for the Harvard World Schools Tournament, our last competition before the World Championships in Bali this summer. The team may not have the opportunity to gather as a whole again, but we will always support each other from afar, and we will always be a family.

(opposite) Team USA traveled to Singapore in late February. Back row, left to right: Gaurav Gawankar, Liz Yount, Aditya Dhar, Sarah Lanier, and Joshua May. Front row, left to right: Ellie Grossman, Ella Michaels, Colette Faulkner, and Nikhil Ramaswamy. (above) Public debates about education and civil rights were held at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and HarvardWestlake School in January and featured eight of the national team members.

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2017 Spring Rostrum  

Volume 91 Issue 4

2017 Spring Rostrum  

Volume 91 Issue 4