Upper school debaters co-champion national tournament in Lincoln Douglas debate


Provided by Jenny Achten

Akshay Manglik (12), Andrew Lee (12) and speech and debate teacher Greg Achten pose for a photo after learning about the National Debate Coaches Association National Championship results.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor

Andrew Lee (12), Akshay Manglik (12) and Deven Shah (11) co-championed the National Debate Coaches Association National Championship last weekend in Lincoln Douglas debate. 

The upper school debate team closed out the tournament, with Andrew taking first place, Akshay taking second place and Deven making it to the semi-final round. 

Akshay found the tournament to be “a great experience overall.” He observes that, with the online format allowing more debaters to easily participate, the caliber of the competition has grown. 

“The tournament really brought us together as a team as well,” Akshay said. “We had a lot of people in elimination rounds, and even the other debaters who didn’t have a chance to make it into elimination rounds still stayed behind and helped prepare for all those rounds we had.”

Upper school debaters Anshul Reddy (11), Rahul Mulpuri (10), Deeya Viradia (10) and Ansh Sheth (9) also made it to the elimination rounds in the tournament. 

This weekend, Andrew, Akshay, Deven, Anshul, Rahul and Ansh are also competing in the invitation-only University of Kentucky’s Tournament of Champions, an event featuring students who have performed well at previous tournaments.