Westminster debate students participated in the National Speech and Debate Season Opener, with several students reaching the elimination rounds.
Sara Ann Brackett '20 and Benjamin Sayers '22 reached the semifinals of the tournament, held at the University of Kentucky. In a field of more 150 students from 14 states and Taiwan, Benjamin was the seventh best individual speaker and Sara Ann was tenth.
Eight other students reached the elimination rounds: the pairs of Connor Li '21 with Aaron Yu '21 and Sam Pavur '21 with Thej Khanna '22 reached the octafinals, or quarterfinals, and the pairs of Connor Frank '20 with Rishi Manghat '21 and Charlotte Baugher '22 with Finn Walsh '22 reached the double octafinals.
Westminster was the only school with five pairs to reach the elimination rounds.