Call/text: (617) 682-9697 | e: [email protected] | f: 617-391-3067

Lakeland’s Westchester Classic Concludes

This past weekend, the Lakeland School District in New York hosted its annual debate tournament. This year, more than 355 students from 38 schools in 6 states competed in the event.

Over the course of 29 “awake” hours between Friday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm, the students participated in 578 individual debates that lasted between 45 and 90 minutes, delivered approximately 1400 speeches, and participated in more than 1200 cross-examinations.

Bronx Law (NY) won the varsity policy division, defeating Lexington (MA) in the final debate.

Charles Athanasopoulos and Geordano Lirian from Bronx Law in the finals
Charles Athanasopoulos and Geordano Lirian from Bronx Law in the finals
Lexington debates in the finals
Lexington debates in the finals

Geordano was also the tournament’s top varsity policy speaker.

This weekend’s tournament completed a phenomenal run for Bronx Law debate.  The program was founded 8 years ago by Erik Fogel, who is also the Executive Director of the New York City Urban Debate League  (which he grew from 5 to 40 schools in one year). As noted by Erik:

Geo and Charles’ goal this year was to qualify for the Tournament of Champions which requires top finishes in at least two of the nation’s top tournaments! As of February with only two national tournaments left, they had not received a single bid. But at the February Harvard Debate Tournament, things started changing! Charles and Geo went from one of the lowest seeds to defeating the nation’s top ranked debate team and reaching Semifinals and received their first bid! And at the Lakeland tournament today the Cinderella story became complete! Lakeland is the final national circuit tournament of the year -their last chance to go to the Tournament of Champions! Geo and Charles were the highest seeded team, 1st place top speaker, 3rd place top speaker and won every elimination round including the Finals round!

Erik Fogel, New York Debate Superhero
Erik Fogel, New York Debate Superhero

Amman Aggarwal (MD) won the novice policy division.

DSC02473

Agape Leaders Prep (NY) won the middle school policy division and Bronx Science won the Public Forum division.  Monticello won the L-D division.

Matt Malia (Lakeland Debate 03) and Peter Cancro (Lakeland Debate 02) were the final round judges for varsity policy. Priten Shah (P) and James Allen (L) judges the finals of novice policy.

Priten and James judge the finals of novice policy.
Priten and James judge the finals of novice policy.

Dr. James Wilson, currently a post doc fellow at the University of Chicago (Lakeland District Debate 98), and Brian Manuel, our former regular assistant and current Director of Policy Debate at Stanford University, tabulated the policy debate tournaments.

Dr. James Wilson
Dr. James Wilson
Brian Manuel
Brian Manuel

Sheryl Kaczmarek from Newburgh Free Academy tabulated the Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum divisions.

Mrs. Karen Maulen and Priten Shah (WPHS, 2013) arranged for all of the food and managed judge hospitality. Priten also organized housing for 150 students, managed the efforts of the Lakeland District Debate students, and helped with tabulation and ballot running.

Priten Shah and Mrs. Karen Maulen
Priten Shah and Mrs. Karen Maulen

Members of the Lakeland District debate team provided critical administrative support throughout the weekend and judges more than 30 middle school and novice debates.

Michael Lewis, Lakeland District Debate
Michael Lewis, Lakeland District Debate

More pictures are available at Bauschard Debate on Facebook.