The East debate team participated in the Kansas City National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) district tournament held at Blue Valley Southwest on Saturday, Dec. 7. Only the top three debate teams were allowed to participate. East sent senior Karl Walter and junior Henry Walter, seniors Ada Throckmorton and Utsa Ramaswami, and juniors Ali Dastjerdi and Shrusti Mehta.
Karl Walter and Henry Walter — 2nd Place, 5-2
Ada Throckmorton and Utsa Ramaswami — 3rd Place, 5-2
Ali Dastjerdi and Shrushti Mehta — 6th Place, 4-2
All three teams will participate in NCFL Nationals as the top six teams from the tournament qualify for Nationals.
East participated in two other tournaments and had many people who placed. At the Lawrence High debate tournament, seniors Jamie McDonald and Chase Derusseau placed fourth in varsity and received a bid to DCI. Sophomores Spencer Thompson and Nate Paris placed first. At the Lawrence Free State Novice Tournament, sophomore Joey Gasperi and junior Theresa McAlister placed first with a record of 4-1. Sophomores Nina Andersen and Caroline Birt placed second with a record of 4-1.