More TOC Trivia: Non-Seniors in the Elimination Rounds Since 1995

How often do non-seniors clear at the Tournament of Champions? How many students have cleared multiple times at the TOC? How rare is it for a sophomore to clear? How many intact partnerships have cleared at multiple TOCs? The answers (since 1995, when the available historical record begins) are below the fold.

Elim Appearances By Non-Seniors

Ten non-seniors appeared in the elimination rounds of this year’s TOC, the most since 2004.

Since 1995, the record for most non-seniors in the elims was set in 2003 when 15 sophomores and juniors made the cut including five teams of two non-seniors. The lowest total was in 2008 when only six non-seniors reached the elims.

Sophomores In Elims

No sophomores cleared at this year’s TOC but Stratford Academy’s freshman-sophomore team of Andrew Jones and Hemanth Sanjeev came extremely close, losing their break round in round seven. Since 1995, 16 sophomores have cleared at the TOC. They are as follows:

  1. Farrell Malone — Caddo Magnet (1995)
  2. Todd Fine — Woodward Academy (1997)
  3. Rebecca Mangold — Head Royce (1998)
  4. Amie Broder — Stuyvesant (1998)
  5. Michael Linford — Colleyville Heritage (1999)
  6. Avery Dale — Woodward Academy (2000)
  7. Dan Luxembourg — Georgetown Day (2001)
  8. Michael Burshteyn — College Prep (2002)
  9. Eli Anders — College Prep (2002)
  10. Paul Fielding — College Prep (2002)
  11. Thi Lam — Grady (2003)
  12. Anusha Deshpande — Westminster (2003)
  13. Stephen Weil — Westminster (2005)
  14. Matthew Andrews — Highland Park (2005)
  15. Anshu Sathian — Westminster (2007)
  16. Rishee Batra — St. Mark’s (2010)

College Prep’s Eli Anders and Paul Fielding are the only sophomore-sophomore team to clear at the TOC since 1995. That year, College Prep cleared an incredible three sophomores at the TOC.

Three Elim Appearances

Of the 16 debaters that have cleared at the TOC as sophomores, only seven have managed to clear again their junior and senior seasons. In alphabetical order, these three-time elimination round qualifiers are:

  1. Eli Anders — College Prep (2002, 2003, 2004)
  2. Matthew Andrews — Highland Park & Greenhill (2005, 2006, 2007)
  3. Michael Burshteyn — College Prep (2002, 2003, 2004)
  4. Avery Dale — Woodward Academy (2000, 2001, 2002)
  5. Anusha Deshpande — Westminster (2003, 2004, 2005)
  6. Todd Fine — Woodward Academy & Glenbrook South (1997, 1998, 1999)
  7. Stephen Weil — Westminster (2005, 2006, 2007)

Three students came closest: Dan Luxembourg of Georgetown Day School cleared as a sophomore in 2001 and as a senior in 2003 but did not clear in his junior season. The same is true of Westminster’s Anshu Sathian who cleared in 2007 as a sophomore and 2009 as a senior but not in 2008 as a junior. Caddo Magnet’s Farrell Malone cleared as a sophomore and junior (in 1995 and 1996, respectively) but did not clear as a senior, losing round seven to finish 4-3.

Rishee Batra of St. Mark’s has a chance to become the eighth member of this list next year: he has cleared at the TOC during his sophomore and junior seasons.

Two Elim Appearances

While reaching the elimination rounds three times is nearly impossible, it is difficult enough just to do so twice. Since 1995, this feat has been accomplished by 94 students (plus the seven who have cleared three times) for an average of about six students per graduating class. The members of this elite club are as follows:

  1. Ellis Allen — Westminster (2010, 2011)
  2. Jennifer Armstrong — Pace Academy (2009, 2010)
  3. Sameer Asher — Caddo Magnet (2000, 2001)
  4. Nicholas Bammer-Whitaker — Westminster (2003, 2004)
  5. Rishee Batra — St. Mark’s (2010, 2011)
  6. Nathan Baum — Greenhill (2004, 2005)
  7. Michael Beckley — College Prep (1999, 2000)
  8. Jordan Blumenthal — St. Mark’s (2007, 2008)
  9. Nikhil Bontha — Kinkaid (2010, 2011)
  10. Raquel Bracken — Greenhill (2000, 2001)
  11. Josh Branson — St. Mark’s (2001, 2002)
  12. Chase Burton — Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s (2007, 2008)
  13. Katryna Cadle — Bishop Guertin (2008, 2009)
  14. Stephen Chaudoin — Westminster (2001, 2002)
  15. Genna Cohen — Woodward Academy (2002, 2003)
  16. Richard Day — Glenbrook South (2009, 2010)
  17. Anna Dimitrijevic — Carrollton Sacred Heart (2010, 2011)
  18. Tyler Engler — Lexington (2010, 2011)
  19. Matt Fisher — Glenbrook North (2006, 2007)
  20. Jake Foster — Head Royce (1998, 1999)
  21. Josh Garen — Blake (2003, 2004)
  22. Kamal Ghali — Caddo Magnet (1996, 1997)
  23. Nermin Ghali — Caddo Magnet (2000, 2001)
  24. Josh Goldberg — Greenhill (1996, 1997)
  25. Adam Goldstein — Glenbrook South (1997, 1998)
  26. Michael Greenstein — Glenbrook North (2000, 2001)
  27. Asher Haig — Greenhill (1999, 2000)
  28. Rachel Haig — Greenhill (2003, 2004)
  29. Michael Harbour — Pace Academy (1999, 2000)
  30. Lindsay Harrison — Greenhill (1995, 1996)
  31. James Hartmann — Glenbrook South (2001, 2002)
  32. Loe Hornbuckle — Caddo Magnet (1999, 2000)
  33. Michael Horowitz — Lexington (1995, 1996)
  34. Bryant Huang — Greenhill (2007, 2008)
  35. Adam Hurder — Glenbrook North (1995, 1996)
  36. Rashad Hussein — Greenhill (1996, 1997)
  37. Saad Hussein — Greenhill (2002, 2003)
  38. Ovais Inamullah — Chattahoochee (2006, 2007)
  39. Sam Iola — Highland Park (2004, 2005)
  40. Eli Jacobs — Centerville (2006, 2007)
  41. Spencer Johnson — Valley (2001, 2002)
  42. Layne Kirshon — Kinkaid (2009, 2010)
  43. Vikas Kumar — Valley (2001, 2002)
  44. Arif Lakhani — Westminster (2002, 2003)
  45. Alex Lamballe — Montgomery Bell Academy (2004, 2005)
  46. Mima Lazarevic — Glenbrook South (2005, 2006)
  47. Peyton Lee — Pace Academy (2009, 2010)
  48. Geoff Lundeen — East Grand Rapids (1997, 1998)
  49. Dan Luxembourg — Georgetown Day (2001, 2003)
  50. Flynn Makuch — Glenbrook North (2009, 2010)
  51. Farrell Malone — Caddo Magnet (1995, 1996)
  52. Andrew Markoff — Bronx Science (2009, 2010)
  53. Michael Martin — St. Mark’s (2001, 2002)
  54. Jeff McNabb — Katy Taylor (1995, 1996)
  55. Rudy Mehrbani — Elk Grove (1997, 1998)
  56. Alex Miles — St. Mark’s (2010, 2011)
  57. Peter Miller — Woodward Academy (2000, 2001)
  58. Andrew Murray — Colleyville Heritage (2008, 2009)
  59. Jason Murray — Colleyville Heritage (2003, 2004)
  60. Alex Nasr — Colleyville Heritage (2008, 2009)
  61. Alex Pappas — Glenbrook North (2010, 2011)
  62. Matthew Pesce — Woodward Academy (2009, 2010)
  63. Jordan Pietzsch — Greenhill (2000, 2001)
  64. Chris Power — Bishop Guertin (2008, 2009)
  65. Emma Power — Glenbrook South (2000, 2001)
  66. Aleem Ramji — Westminster (2002, 2003)
  67. Tripp Rebrovick — Montgomery Bell Academy (2004, 2005)
  68. Alex Roetter — Lexington (1995, 1996)
  69. Michael Rosecrans — Glenbrook North (2003, 2004)
  70. Andy Ryan — Caddo Magnet (1996, 1997)
  71. Anshu Sathian — Westminster (2007, 2009)
  72. Adam Savoie — Caddo Magnet (1999, 2000)
  73. Chipp Schwab — Clear Lake (2004, 2005)
  74. Andrew Shah — Woodward Academy (2002, 2003)
  75. Dan Shalmon — Glenbrook North (1999, 2000)
  76. Ravi Shankar — Glenbrook South (2002, 2003)
  77. Andrew Silverman — Glenbrook North (1997, 1998)
  78. Samuel Singer — Glenbrook North (2001, 2002)
  79. Ira Slomski-Pritz — New Trier (2009, 2010)
  80. Ryan Sparacino — T.A. Edison (1995, 1996)
  81. Adam Stern — Glenbrook North (2003, 2004)
  82. Jessica Stolbach — Greenhill (2004, 2005)
  83. Caitlin Talmadge — Greenhill (1998, 1999)
  84. Elliott Tarloff — College Prep (2000, 2001)
  85. Daniel Taylor — Westminster (2010, 2011)
  86. Will Thibeau — Glenbrook South (2009, 2010)
  87. Ben Thorpe — Pace Academy (1999, 2000)
  88. Tina Valkanoff — Head Royce (1998, 1999)
  89. Jeff Van Dam — East Grand Rapids (1997, 1998)
  90. Arjun Vellayappan — Lexington (2010, 2011)
  91. John Warden — Chattahoochee (2004, 2005)
  92. Jonathan Warsh — Groves (2006, 2007)
  93. Lucy Zhu — Glenbrook North (2007, 2008)
  94. Jake Ziering — Glenbrook North (2003, 2004)

Nine students in the class of 2012 have a chance to join this group: Evan McCarty from Mountain Brook, Fabiola Urdaneta from Carrollton, Jacob Hurwitz and Marc Jacome from Glenbrook South, Rahim Shakoor and Jason Sigalos from Woodward, Donald Grasse and Margaret Strong from Homewood-Flossmoor, and Mihir Vedantam from Pembroke Hill.

Two Elim Appearances by Teams

While 102 individuals have cleared at two or more TOCs since 1995, only 19 partnerships have accomplished the feat. In alphabetical order, they are as follows:

  1. Bishop Guertin — Katryna Cadle & Chris Power (2008, 2009)
  2. Caddo Magnet — Sameer Asher & Nermin Ghali (2000, 2001)
  3. Caddo Magnet — Loe Hornbuckle & Adam Savoie (1999, 2000)
  4. College Prep — Eli Anders & Michael Burshteyn (2003, 2004)
  5. Colleyville Heritage — Andrew Murray & Alex Nasr (2008, 2009)
  6. East Grand Rapids — Geoff Lundeen & Jeff Van Dam (1997, 1998)
  7. Glenbrook South — Richard Day & Will Thibeau (2009, 2010)
  8. Greenhill — Josh Goldberg & Rashad Hussein (1996, 1997)
  9. Lexington — Tyler Engler & Arjun Vellayappan (2010, 2011)
  10. Montgomery Bell Academy — Alex Lamballe & Tripp Rebrovick (2004, 2005)
  11. Pace Academy — Jennifer Armstrong & Peyton Lee (2008, 2009)
  12. Pace Academy — Michael Harbour & Ben Thorpe (1999, 2000)
  13. St. Mark’s — Rishee Batra & Alex Miles (2010, 2011)
  14. St. Mark’s — Josh Branson & Michael Martin (2001, 2002)
  15. Valley — Spencer Johnson & Vikas Kumar (2001, 2002)
  16. Westminster — Ellis Allen & Daniel Taylor (2010, 2011)
  17. Westminster — Nicholas Bammer-Whitaker & Anusha Deshpande (2003, 2004)
  18. Westminster — Arif Lakhani & Aleem Ramji (2002, 2003)
  19. Woodward Academy — Avery Dale & Peter Miller (2000, 2001)

Three teams in the class of 2012 could join this group at next year’s TOC: Glenbrook South’s Hurwitz and Jacome, Homewood-Flossmoor’s Grasse and Strong, and Woodward Academy’s Shakoor and Sigalos.

The historical information contained in this article was compiled by hand with the help of several sources including the National Forensic League online points database and Facebook. If you notice an error, please let the author know.

4 thoughts on “More TOC Trivia: Non-Seniors in the Elimination Rounds Since 1995

  1. jbiebz

    What happened in 2002 and 2003, how were the juniors and sophomores so strong and did that pool continue to excel as they became seniors? How many of the 14/15 made it into later elims? Are there stats on juniors in finals of the toc? (was last year particularly notable?)

  2. anon

    hey – not related, but a question for a potential future podcast – if a judge makes a broad request for cards is it legit for a team to give a judge a card that was never extended in the round or makes an argument that was never extended in the round? is there anything that can be done to prevent it?

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