Niles North debaters started the 2018-19 season strong by placing at several competitions and achieving national recognition.
- Senior debaters Liam Lorenz and Alan Ivackovic are currently ranked #9 in the nation as determined by a National Speech and Debate Association coaching poll which reviews the records and accomplishments of thousands of debaters across nation (from hundreds of schools who compete in policy debate).
- To date, North Debate competed at 8 local and national tournaments and 2 invite-only “round robin” tournaments.
- Twenty-four students competed in tournaments as either first year novice debaters, Junior Varsity (JV) or varsity.
At the September 29 competition at Glenbrook South, Halimah Khan and Ana Bojinov had a perfect win loss record of 4-0. Freshman Matthew Levine and Russel Rosa started their season off strong with a winning record of 3-1. JV debaters Rachel Rappaport and Thano Hatzopoulos and Novices Romesa Amiwala and Ahiri Vishnubhotla, also started strong with records of 2-2.
On October 6, Niles North brought 12 teams to the Varsity national tournament at New Trier. Alan Ivackovic and Liam Lorenz finished preliminary rounds with a winning record of 4-2 and advanced to the tournament Quarter finals. Both debaters earned an invite to the annual Tournament of Champions with their performance and Alan Ivackovic was awarded 11th place speaker. Hajirah Khan and Junior Lauren Sonnier finished the tournament with a strong record of 3-3.
On October 12, debaters competed at the prestigious St. Marks tournament in Dallas, TX. Second year debaters Sabreena Hassan, Ana Bojinov, Halimah Khan and Eva Vasilopoulos and Varsity debaters Lauren Sonnier, Hajirah Khan, Alan Ivackovic and Liam Lorenz competed. Ana Bojinov and Halimah Khan had a record of 3-3 while Alan Ivackovic and Liam Lorenz finished preliminary rounds with a winning record of 4-2 and advanced to the Double Octafinal round.
At the local Novice/JV Viking Rumble on October 20, Rachel Rappaport and Ana Bojinov took 4th place overall in the JV division.
At the exclusive, invite-only University of Michigan round robin tournament on October 23, Hajirah Khan and Lauren Sonnier took 4th place with Lauren earning the 6th place speaker award and Hajirah taking home 8th speaker.
For the annual University of Michigan tournament in the Novice and Varsity divisions, 10 other Viking debaters also competed. This tournament is one of the largest national high school debate tournaments, and is attended by over 81 schools representing 21 states. Cameron Unwin and Romesa Amiwala finished elimination rounds with a winning record of 5-2 and advanced to the Octafinal round. Alan Ivackovic and Liam Lorenz finished prelim rounds winning 6 out of 7 rounds. Alan earned 6th speaker and the duo advanced to the Semifinals, earning them another invitation to the annual Tournament of Champions competition.
In mid-November, Niles North competed in the national Glenbrooks tournament. There were 82 schools representing 28 states competed teams in the Varsity division. Alan Ivackovic and Liam Lorenz finished preliminary rounds losing only 1 of 7 rounds earning them the 11th seed in elimination debates. Alan and Liam advanced to the Quarterfinal round where they earned their 3rd invite to the Tournament of Champions. They were also invited to the elite Glenbrooks Round Robin later that week where they finished in 2nd place.
On December 8 at the Dowling Invitational tournament, JV debaters Anna Piruv and Eva Vasilopoulos finished the tournament with a win loss record of 3-3. Varsity debaters Hajirah Khan and Matt Sturt finished with a 3-3 record.
Alan Ivackovic and Liam Lorenz lost one of 7 preliminary rounds finishing as the 4th seed. Liam took home the 9th place speaker award while Alan earned 2nd place speaker. Alan and Liam advanced to the Octafinal round.
Niles North Viking Debate is coached by Lauren Velazquez. She commented, “Our team is excited to continue the legacy of Niles North excellence and are grateful for the amazing support that our former coach Katie Weston, our school administration, our parents and our community give us.”
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