The final round of the 2010 Tournament of Champions pitted Ellis Allen and Daniel Taylor of the Westminster Schools in Atlanta against Rishee Batra and Alex Miles of the St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas. The affirmative from Westminster prevailed on a 2-1 decision to win this year’s title, the school’s second consecutive championship and the third in school history.
In the tradition of the National Debate Tournament, The 3NR is proud to provide the judge’s ballots from this year’s final round of the TOC—they are available below the fold.
With due credit to Michael Antonucci for inspiring us with his Debate Ballots blog, we will occasionally be posting full written ballots from debates that we judge here on The 3NR. The first ballot is from round five of the Greenhill Round Robin between Kinkaid’s Nikhil Bontha and Layne Kirshon and Westminster’s Ellis Allen and Daniel Taylor. Kinkaid read their science/technology/engineering/mathematics standards affirmative and Westminster went for topicality. Bill Batterman’s full commentary and ballot is available below the fold.
A big part of the magic of high school policy debate is that one truly never knows what is going to happen. While most contest rounds follow a similar script, every now and then a debate challenges its participants—both contestants and critics—to think—really think—about some of the fundamental theoretical underpinnings of our game. Sometimes these debates occur between the best of the best in high school or college debate. And sometimes they occur in debates between rising sophomores at a summer debate institute in Ann Arbor. This is the story of one of these latter debates. It is dedicated to Alex Bahls of Wayzata High School, a debater that has challenged me to think about debate theory more thoroughly and creatively during the last three weeks than perhaps any student I’ve ever worked with. This one’s for you, Bahls.