Bells Compete in Natl Speech and Debate Tournament

Posted: June 21, 2016

Fifteen Bells competed in the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Salt Lake City June 12-17. Graduating seniors Vinay Ayappan and Ani Prabhu continued to excel in their specialty of Policy Debate, placing second in that event.

"This was the first time since 2006 that a Bellarmine team advanced to the finals in Policy Debate," said coach DeeDee Sullivan. "Ani and Vinay are very, very good, so there is no shame in this loss. And still, making it to the final round is a remarkable achievement in itself. Congratulations to them, as well as their coaches Aaron Langerman and Hoon Ko - the heart and sould behind Ani and Vinay's performance all year."

Bellarmine Results:

Policy Debate Vinay Ayyapen & Ani Prabhu 2nd
Rafael Pierry & Dhruv Sudesh * 11th
Bryant Cong & Nikhil Rajavasireddy Top 72
Grant Nilson & Miguel Fiandeiro Prelim Rounds
Lincoln-Douglas Debate Mathias Insley Prelim Rounds
Congressional Debate Ryan Biland Semifinalist
World Schools Debate Alec Vandenberg Top 16
Duo Interpretation Xavier Liu & Cal Growney Prelim Rounds
Original Oratory Nived Gopakumar Prelim Rounds
US Extemporaneous Jake Glass Top 60

* Automatic qualifiers to the 2017 National Tournament based upon this performance.

For the team's performance in the National Tournament, Bellarmine received distinction as a School of Excellence in debate.

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