The Westminster debate team topped the leaderboard at the 2019 First and Second Year Debate National Championship, held at Woodward Academy March 15-17.
The second year policy debate pairs of Rishi Manghat '21 with Benjamin Sayers '22 and Connor Li '21 with Aaron Yu '21 finished in first and second, respectively. It was a repeat of the 2018 first year debate championship, where the pairs took the top two spots. It is the first time in the tournament's history that the first- and second-place teams in the first year policy debate championship repeated in the second year policy debate competition.
In the first year policy debate division this year, Charlotte Baugher '22 and Finn Walsh '22 were named national champions after remaining undefeated through all six preliminary debates and four elimination rounds.
The national championship drew more than 225 students from 17 states to Woodward.