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CK Debate Update: On-Campus Event, NDCA National Championship

More great news from the CK Debate Team!
On Sunday, April 7th, the CK Debate Team hosted a “Big Questions” event on campus. Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA), the “Big Questions” event allows middle and high school students to discuss the philosophical statement: “Human are primarily driven by self-interest.”

Both sides of this argument (for and against) were debated by students in teams of two. A total of 46 students attended the event and participated in at least three rounds of debate to share their positions on the topic. At the end of the event, the following teams of students had earned the top three places:

First place: Jonathan Chang and Jonathan Zhao
Second place: Adam French and Nick Schumacher
Third place: Sophia Suen and Linda Sun

Many congratulations to these winners! Congratulations are also extended to CK Debate Team officers Aashray Khanna, Hye Jin Kang, Justin Luo, Harry Ren, and Derrick Zhen—as well as the host of student judges and volunteers—who made this event such a success.

Last weekend was another busy one for the team, as two debate duos traveled to Chicago to participate in the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) National Championship, an event that brings together the best debate teams from across the country. As usual, the CK Debate teams performed exceptionally. Duo Harry Ren and Derrick Zhen made it into the “Top Ten” teams by the event’s end, and duo Aashray Khanna and Justin Luo placed in the quarterfinals. Justin Luo was also awarded the impressive Third Place Best Speaker Award, and Khanna was recognized as the Championship Debater for the entire tournament.

These are impressive accomplishments for each member of CK Debate. We wish the teams well as they prepare to travel to Lexington, Kentucky for the Tournament of Champions in a few weeks' time!
    • Preparations for the event in full swing!

    • 2nd place winners Nick Schumacher and Adam French

    • 1st place winners Jonathan Zhao and Jonathan Chang

    • Both teams at the NDCA National Championship