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Debate Team Places Third in Elk Grove Invitational

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Raphael Portillo

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With winter freezing everything in sight,  Schaumburg’s state-winning debate team looks to heat up at the Elk Grove Invitational to participate in a debate for congressional legislation against Chicago-bound schools.

On December 16, Schaumburg High School’s four-time state champions argued for twelve hours on the congressional floors of Elk Grove High School. With each student taking on one specific chamber for three rounds, Schaumburg’s debate team brought twelve varsity members and six junior varsity members, which led to a third-place crown (trailing only Conant and Fremd High Schools).

Varsity members Jake Kaminski (Senior), Bhavya Shah (Senior), and Binti Kohli (Junior) and junior varsity members Jay Patel (freshman), Madhumitha Shetty (freshman), and Vickie Wang (freshman) took home the gold for their teams by pacing within their chambers.

After complex methods of calculation and judging, congressional debate first place finishers are based on debaters with the highest average of speeches (out of 6) and nominations from their judges in each round.

Following the competition, students participating in the tournament were met by a combination of cheers from audiences and an annual game of musical chairs. The Schaumburg team never fails to be composed, as they enjoy watching their fellow competitors participate in fun-filled events, while staying together on the sidelines to retain their team unity.

Weeks of research contributed by each team member payed off as the team finished third in a tournament of over ten schools.

“We had some individual awards but what really matters is that we took third place over all as a team. It’s not a bad way to end the year but we are not ready to settle for just third yet,”captain Binti Kohli stated reflecting on the team’s educational experience.

Known for their strong value of process over product, the Schaumburg debate team displayed their dedication and work ethic, as they head toward the crowning event of their year, the coveted and climactic event called the Tournament of Champions.

“I’m looking forward to these few months with my team,” captain Binti Kohli stated.

As they enter the upcoming tournaments, the Schaumburg debate team hopes to walk the same paths as its alumni by winning the state championship in the four events (Congressional, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, and Policy) offered in the IHSA competition.

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