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Debate Team Reaches Semifinals of Tournament of Champions

Seniors Harrison Hall and Mary Bryce Brannen reached the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions—the premier national championship for high school policy debate—at the University of Kentucky.

Hall and Brannen won seven of their ten, 90-minute rounds to earn a spot in the final four. Only 152 students from 24 states qualified to compete in the highly selective policy debate division.

Earlier in the year, the duo won first place at the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) National Championship in Ogden, Utah.

In a field of 166 students from 16 states, Brannen and Hall won ten of their eleven, 90-minute policy debates, eventually defeating number-one ranked Montgomery Bell Academy of Nashville, Tennessee in the finals on a 3-0 decision.

Brannen and Hall are ranked sixth nationally—out of more than 2,000 pairs of students—for their overall season performance since September 2016.

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