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Registration for CDC2023 is now open!  

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The 2022 Ohio State Champion and 2023 Runner-Up PF Team of Brooke Lieser and Luke Wagner Joins CDC Public Forum Staff!

Last year, Brooke Lieser and Luke Wagner won 1st place in Public Forum at the 2022 Ohio Speech and Debate Association (OSDA) State Tournament. This year, they advanced all the way to the final round at states, but lost that round on a close 2-3 decision. Brooke and Luke have competed for four years for Perry High School in the Canton District of Ohio. They are excited to join the team of outstanding PF instructors at Classic Debate Camp, including Sukhm Kang, 2019 Ohio State Champion, Abraham Paik, 2021 Ohio State Runner-Up, and Ananth Menon, 2021 TOC PF Gold Runner-Up. Read Brooke's and Luke's staff bios here

2022 Lincoln-Douglas National Champion and 2023 Minnesota State Champion Hannah Owens Pierre Is Coming to CDC 2023!

At the National Tournament hosted by the National Speech and Debate Association in Louisville last summer, Hannah won 1st Place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, surpassing over 260 other competitors. More recently, she also prevailed at her state tournament in Minnesota.  Hannah competes for Edina High School near Minneapolis. She will be joining our 2023 LD staff along with Katie Jack, who was the 2021 NSDA National Champion and Colorado State Champion in LD. Previous national champions who have taught at Classic Debate Camp include Natalie Schaller (LD NSDA 2017), Maya Arora (LD NCFL 2017, 2019), Grace Johannes (LD NSDA 2019), Kennedy Hughes and David Lyons (WSD NSDA 2019), and Sasha Haines and Maggie Mills (PF NSDA 2020). Read Hannah's staff bio here

Congratulations to Guhan Krishnan, 2023 OSDA State Champion in IX! 

Guhan Krishnan attended Classic Debate Camp in 2021. He participated in our Extemp minicamp that year with lab leaders Kevin McDougal, Kasey Pukys, and Julia Bray. Altogether, 54 CDC campers competed at the Ohio State Tournament on March 3-4, and 32 out of the 54 advanced to the elimination rounds. 
In LD, four CDC campers advanced to the quarterfinals: Steven Kim, Bhuvan Meruga, Divya Shanmugam, and Tristan Williams. Four CDC LDers made it to the octafinal round (top 16): Sam Bowen, Robert Einhorn, Rachel Horowitz, and Nishka Mishra. And five reached the double-octafinal round (top 32): Arveen Alaeddini, Zaid Ashruf, Avalon Ayres, Maggie Chen, and Daniel Zakari
In PF, two CDC PF debaters advanced to the quarterfinals: Colin Moore and Ben Wilkinson. Five CDC PFers made it to the octafinal round: Colin Hsieh and Aiden Krishnaney, Dylan Molter and Adam Stano, and Anisha Rawal with her partner Shakthi Prabhakaran. And two reached the double-octafinal round: Spencer Drylie and Matthew Lee
In Congressional Debate, in the House, Hayden Frazee advanced to the final chamber, and Abigail Meighen and Nikki Stein made it to the semifinal chambers. In the Senate, Nethra Gunda advanced to the final chamber, and Priya Datt and Lily Oehlers made it to the semifinal chamber. 
In US Extemp, Jacob Hannan advanced to the semifinal round. In International Extemp, Jasmine Shone made it to quarters, Tristan Miller reached the semis, and Guhan Krishnan was the tournament champion.
To enjoy all the photos from States, click here

So Far, 16 CDC Campers Qualify for the NSDA National Tournament! 

From Ohio, in LD, the national qualifiers are Sam Bowen (who will be competing at the Cleveland City Club in March), Divya Shanmugam, and Tristan Williams. In PF, the national qualifying teams are Colin Hsieh and Aidan Krishnaney, Colin Moore and Ben Wilkinson, and Rohan Athavale and Lynn Zheng. In IX, the national qualifiers are Tristan Miller and Jasmine Shone. And in USX, the national qualifier is Guhan Krishnan. Overall three out of the four NSDA districts in Ohio had CDC campers qualify for nationals in all three events we offer at CDC, LD, PF, and Extemp. Additionally, so far, two CDC campers will be on their district's World Schools Team, Arveen Alaeddini and Steven Kim, and we expect to hear good news from the Congressional Debate districts soon!
From Colorado, CDC LDer Owen Tillman was the top qualifier in the Colorado NSDA District. From Oregon, Wes McGovern went undefeated and qualified in LD at the South Oregon District Tournament. Wes also won 1st place in USX and 2nd place in the Senate, and he will be competing on his district's World Schools Debate team. From Missouri, Elandrea Baker placed 3rd in the Heart of America District and qualified for nationals in LD. Elandrea also qualified in Original Oratory and will be competing in OO at nationals. 
Good News from Tournaments around the Country:
On March 3-4, in Missouri, at the MSHSAA District 4 Tournament, the CDC PF team of Eric Fan and Bohan Pan won 3rd place and qualified for the Missouri state tournament.
On February 11-13, at the Stanford tournament, Tarika Kahlon advanced to the quarterfinals in the CA division and won 1st place in speaker awards in that division. Arnav Arjula made it to the quarter finals in the TOC division. 
On February 10-12, at the UPenn tournament, in LD, Arveen Alaeddini advanced to the semifinals, and Steven Kim made it to octafinals. In PF, Colin Hsieh and Aidan Krishnaney reached the octafinals and earned their second gold bid qualifying them for the Tournament of Champions!
On February 3-4, at the Red Division conference tournament in Missouri, Elandrea Baker won 2nd place in LD, 2nd place in OO, and 3rd place in IX. On February 17-18, Elandrea won 1st place at the Park Hill High School Crabtree Classic in Missouri. 
Out of state CDC Campers: please continue to send us your good news!

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