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Debate Team Posts 7th Tournament Win; Senior Ava Zinman Ranked #1

This season, the Harrison High School Debate Team has had exceptional success! To date, the team has won 7 tournaments (two of which were co-championships), earned 7 top speaker awards, received 5 bids to the Tournament of Champions, and had the National Speech & Debate Association's #1-ranked Lincoln-Douglas debater in the country for the third time in the team's history. 

Senior Ava Zinman, currently ranked #1 by the NSDA, has had an outstanding season. Her accomplishments so far this year include winning Princeton University's national championship, the Apple Valley Round Robin in Minnesota, and Byram Hills's tournament. Ava was top speaker at Greenhill's national championship in Texas, had a 7-0 preliminary round record at Bronx Science's national championship, and has been in elimination rounds of Apple Valley (Minnesota), the Glenbrooks (Illinois), and multiple other tournaments this season.

Junior Giovanni Cutri also has had an outstanding record this year. So far, he has earned three bids to the Tournament of Champions, having won Newark Science's tournament and reached quarterfinals (the top 8) at Bronx and Lexington. Gio has been top speaker at two major tournaments (Ridge and Lexington), and has reached elimination rounds at numerous tournaments this season.

Juniors Molly Ryan, Rebecca Anderson, Sonali Nicola, and Anthony Kang, as well as sophomores Ali Ahmad, Mai Blaustein, and Lizzie Murno, have also won awards at many tournaments this year. In the novice division, freshmanJessie Pein has been a tournament's top novice speaker three times; freshmen Yui Ikeda, Thomas Berg, James Cox, and Sophie Bande, as well as sophomore Annie Chen, have been top-placing novices all season.

The team's next major championship tournaments are at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. We look forward to seeing their continued success this year.

Submitted by: Debate Coach Chetan Hertzig