Wheatley Debate Team Scores Lots of Success in its First Tournament!

This year marked the start of one of Wheatley’s newest student club: the Debate Club. We are excited to announce that Wheatley School Debate Team went to their first regional competition and state qualifier earlier this month (on Saturday, December 8th) at the at World Journalism Prep School in Flushing, Queens.

As part of this American Debate League Fall Classic Tournament, the team as a whole and a number of Wheatley students found success! A huge “Thank You” to our Faculty Advisor, Ms. Pilar Principe-Franco.

Novice High School Sweepstakes:

  • 1st place: The Wheatley School

Intermediate High School Sweepstakes:

  • 1st place: The Wheatley School

(Sweepstakes is an overall of which school won most rounds in each division.)

High School Intermediate Speaker (Out of 24 students)

  • 1st place: Aarushi Jain
  • 2nd Place: Neil Shah
  • 3rd place: Emily Yagoda
  • 5th place: Siddhi Jain
  • 11th place: Samar Saleem

High school novice Speaker (Out of 50 students)

  • 1st place: Benjamin Casella
  • 2nd place: Freddy Lin
  • 6th place:  Saad Haroon
  • 9th place: Madhi Bhalloo
  • 11th place: Riya Mittle
  • 12th place: Jacob Ribotsky
  • 18th place: Marjan Alagheband
  • 19th place: Declan Brady
  • 20th place: Adam Aldad
  • 24th place: Anika Mittle
  • 28th place: Jaina Shah
  • 36th place: Brooke Schwartz
  • 41st place:  Aisvaryaa Dhama
  • 48th place: Anushka Shorewala

Debate Team results:

Novice level

  • 1st place:  Benjamin Casella and Madhi Balloo
  • 3rd place: Freddy lin and Adam Aldad
  • 4th place: Saad Haroon and Declan Brady
  • 6th place: Jacob Ribotsky and Brooke Schwartz
  • 17th place: Jaina Shah  and Aisvaryaa Dhama
  • 18th place: Riya Mittle and Anika Mittle
  • 23rd place: Anushka Shorewala and Marjan Alagheband

Intermediate team results

  • 1st place: Neil Shah and Emily Yagoda
  • 2nd place: Aarushi Jain and Siddhi Jain
  • 9th place: Samar Saleem
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