Debaters Take on Tough Competition

Ward Melville High School’s Debate Team put the Patriots on the local circuit map with a strong showing in the Long Island Forensic League’s All Debate Tournament at Syosset High School. 

In only their second tournament, sophomore pair George Boukas and Ivan Viro captured seventh-place trophies out of 35 entries in Novice Public Forum, winning three out of four rounds with high marks for arguing the resolution “On balance, standardized testing is beneficial to K-12 education in the United States.” Sophomores Kathleen Esfahany and Michael Lu placed 14th with three wins out of four rounds. Pairs Serena Liu and Brendan Berscak and Matthew Okrent and Tim Sadov won two rounds each.  

Team co-presidents Emily Xu and William Jin participated in the Junior Varsity Lincoln Douglas category, arguing the resolution “In the United States criminal justice system, jury nullification ought to be used in the face of perceived injustice.” Emily Xu moved up significantly on the roster from November’s tournament, and junior Umaimah Nawaz participated as a first-time debater in Lincoln Douglas.