Ashburn, Va. (April 1, 2015) – Valentine’s Day weekend proved to be a sweetheart deal for six members of Broad Run High School’s debate and speech team as they traveled to Harvard where they secured invitations to the Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky in April.
For the first time in its history, Broad Run is sending competitors to what is considered the Super Bowl of debate tournaments. The Tournament of Champions is considered the championship of the “National Circuit,” to which debaters must apply to compete.
Stellar performances at the 41st Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament provided three of the debaters with their final, requisite “bids” to Kentucky.
Representing Broad Run High School in Lexington, Ky., will be the two Policy Debate teams of Rahul Soni and Rittwik Dhar and Michael Logue and Joey Konrad and Congressional Debaters Alissa Wang and Colleen Chrisman. To qualify for the Tournament of Champions, all six had to place high enough in the standings at a minimum of two National Circuit tournaments during the past six months. They accomplished this at competitions in Philadelphia, Wake Forest University, Georgetown Day School and Harvard.
In the past 15 years, only two Northern Virginia schools have fully qualified for the tournament, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and, now, Broad Run. Broad Run is the only school in the region in the past 25 years to qualify multiple teams in the same year.