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Oxbridge’s Most Successful Team?

Terrell, Alyson, and Will stand with their awards

Terrell, Alyson, and Will stand with their awards

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As Terrell Seabrooks stood on the stage after the Blake Debate Tournament Round Robin in Minneapolis, Minnesota in December, he could only wonder if his weekend would come to a perfect end. On Thursday he got into Princeton University, and he won the main tournament on Saturday. A win in the round robin would mean a clean sweep of Congressional Debate round robins this year, an impressive 5 tournament run. Congressional Debate, often called Congress, is a form of debate where all contestants act as if they are senators deciding whether to pass bills. Seabrooks’ success is just one of many examples of the Oxbridge Debate Team’s prowess.

In November , Will Brodner, also a senior, won in three different events (Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, and Impromptu Speaking) at the Crestian  Tradition, a major national tournament that takes place in Fort Lauderdale. He also won in Impromptu Speaking at University of California Berkeley over President’s Day weekend, and he took third in Extemporaneous Speaking. He will be attending Duke University in the fall of 2017.

Twins Ari and Noah Wells compete in Lincoln Douglas debate, named after the famous 1858 Senatorial Debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. LD, as it is known, is a contentious one-on-one debate, and both Wells brothers were very accomplished over their high school careers. Ari will be attending Columbia this fall, while Noah will be going to Brown.

Juniors Robbie Linck and Alyson Brusie compete in a partner debate called Public Forum debate, which involves domestic and foreign policy issues. The current monthly topic is on the relevance of the United States electoral college system. Linck and Brusie have come very close to winning multiple tournaments this year. Both are ranked in the top ten in the nation.

If you are interested in debate, contact Mr. Childree at [email protected] You can attend as many or as few tournaments as you want, and there are 12 different kinds of speech and debate that you can choose from , including political debate, philosophical debate, current events, public speaking, and even acting and creative writing formats.

 

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