Debate Team Earns Award of Excellence at Holy Cross Tournament

Posted October 7, 2013 / Last updated January 8, 2014

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The Debate Team had a great all around performance at the Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition on Saturday, Oct. 5.

In Novice LD, pre-freshman Robert Cerise and sophomore Ben Gillen closed out finals of their first ever tournament as co-champions, with pre-freshman Robert Christmann placing fifth. In Advanced LD, sophomore Arjun Verma made his first career appearance in outrounds advancing to quarterfinals and placing fifth. In Public Forum, the teams of junior Rishab Chimmanamada and sophomore Mayank Mardia; junior Eric Bussey and junior Josh Duhon; and sophomore Andrew Cerise and junior Mako Giordano all advanced to quarterfinals with Rishab Chimmanamada earning the Jack Sheridan Award for Top Speaker in PF.

Collectively, the team earned the Dr. Joseph H. Murry, Jr. Sweepstakes Award for Overall Excellence in Debate.

Alumnus Ian Jorgensen ’08 assisted with judging.