The penultimate debate tournament of the regular season was held in Bristol, RI on January 11th and it was another great day for FRCS debaters who went podium to podium with over 200 debaters from 11 schools.
At the Varsity level, Katarina Sousa and Esha Rakesh came in third, missing first place by a narrow 164-163 margin. FRCS now has four Varsity debaters qualified for the February 29th state championship – Katarina Sousa, Nina Demirs, Esha Rakesh and Janda Nuovo.
At the Novice Level, the team of Keaton Miller and Irene Fisher came in second with individual finishes of 3rd (Keaton Miller), 8th (Jill Martin), 12th (Pranaya Srinivasan), 19th (Kaitlyn Murphy), 20th (Areana Martel) and 22nd (Irene Fisher). In addition to those six, Hannah Kelsey, Thomas Silva, Kusumita Savaram and Isabel Corradini have previously qualified for the state championship.
The final regular season debate is Saturday February 1st here at FRCS, with the State Championship February 29th at Roger Williams University.
Finally, four FRCS debate founding member alums found they missed debate so much that they came back to volunteer as judges for the day. Pictured left to right below are Mitchell Green (FRCS 18, Wesleyan University), Alex Demirs (FRCS ’19, Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Marina Spenciner (FRCS ’18, Worcester Polytechnic Institute) and Alma Jeri-Wahrhaftig (FRCS ’18, University of Connecticut). We are also proud to report that Mitchell and Alex enjoyed debate so much at FRCS that they have continued to compete at the college level along with another FRCS alum, Sumit De (FRCS ’18, Northeastern University).