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Congrats Carmel Debate!

Carmel Debate just tied its best finish in school history at the Indiana High School Forensic Association State Tournament this past weekend by placing 2nd for the first time since 1986.

We would like to recognize the following students for their accomplishments both as a team and in their individual events:

2-Person Policy Debate

  • Sage Mehta & Jade Mehta – State Finalists
  • Shiva Viswanath & Pol Berger Romeu
  • Abhi Ankaraju & Daniyal Sher
  • Zyrah Arulogun & Celia Watson

Lincoln Douglas Debate

  • Colin Zou
  • Sanjana Patharla
  • Amit Manchella
  • Ferzan Coskun

Public Forum Debate

  • Shrithan Sandadi & Caleb Suhy
  • Marissa Finney & Kate Smith
  • Leah Tan & Sowmya Chundi – State Semifinalists
  • Anushka Pandey & Saumya Somasi

Student Congress

  • Faith Austin
  • Remi Shirayanagi
  • Gabe Perrin – Final Chamber
  • Jordan Seigel

World Schools Debate

  • Michael Walker*, Sanchali Pothuru, Leo Rubshinsky, Angelina Tan & Ben Boyce
  • Neo Hoang, Jordan Mintz, Trisha Senapati, Angela Gao & Michelle Kim

The team had a best-in-state 13 out of 18 entries break to the elimination rounds while 8 entries were comprised of debaters either in their first year of Carmel Debate or first year competing at the State Tournament. An astounding 33 of the team's 34 students will be returning next year with Michael Walker as the lone senior this season.

If you would like to support Carmel Debate as they compete in national qualifiers over the next month, please consider purchasing some gear from the team's wonderful storefront created by Jade Mehta with design by Faith Austin: https://carmeldebateteam.wixsite.com/debate.

The team will begin their national qualifying run by defending the Districts championship this Saturday!