The HWS Debate Team recently sent three teams (two students each) to the highly competitive Cornell Debate Tournament.
The team of John Monaghan ’11 and Dan Maguire ’11 defeated teams from Harvard, Skidmore and Stanford to qualify for the novice (i.e., first year debater) finals. They did this despite Monaghan becoming so ill that he could not compete in one of the debates, requiring Maguire to ‘ironman’ (debate in both positions) for that round. In the final round, Monaghan and Maguire fell on a 2-1 decision to a team from Brown University in a debate regarding U.S.-Taiwan relations.
The team of David Hernandez ’09 and Gerald “Buzz” Klinger ’12 defeated teams from Skidmore, Syracuse, and two teams from Dartmouth on their way to qualifying for varsity quarter-finals. (Though Klinger is still a novice, the team was classified as varsity because Hernandez is varsity.) In the quarter-final round, Hernandez and Klinger dropped to a hybrid team from Providence College and West Point. Buzz also won an award for third-place novice speaker.
Schools competing at Cornell were 42 teams from: Amherst, Brown, Boston University, Boston College, Dartmouth, Harvard, HWS, Providence, Northeastern, Syracuse, Skidmore, Smith, Stanford, Tufts, Vassar, West Point, and Williams. Representing HWS, were also Anna Darmiento ’09 and Matt Jarvis ’11.
The team competes again this fall at SUNY Binghamton, the final warm-up tournament before the World Championships over winter break in Cork, Ireland. HWS will be represented there by Hernandez’09 and Daniel Thorson ’09.