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The Evanston Township High School Debate Team competed in the annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament held February 18-20 in Cambridge, Mass. Seventeen students from ETHS participated in the tournament, which hosted more than 3,000 students from more than 300 schools.
ETHS senior Noah Whinston made the semifinals of Congressional Debate, earning his fourth bid to the Tournament of Champions. “In four attempts, Noah has rapidly become one of the most recognizable and respected debaters in his event this year,” noted Jeff Hannan, ETHS Debate coach. ETHS sophomores Aaron Clarke and Lewis Herman competed in varsity Public Forum Debate against 320 other teams and reached the top 16. The sophomores earned their first bid to the Tournament of Champions (TOC) as well as Evanston’s first-ever bid in Public Forum Debate.
This was Evanston’s second tournament this year, earning bids to the TOC in multiple events. “ETHS now has bids to the TOC in three different events, a rare feat; maybe ten schools in the nation can make a similar claim,” Mr. Hannan remarked. “Once again, the hard work of our students and coaching staff has paid tremendous dividends, as this was a competitive and educational experience for the whole team.”