POC & -OTYs

The Diversity Initiative would like to congratulate all the individual debaters of color who were recognized on the Team of the Year (TOTY), Speaker of the Year (SOTY), and Novice of the Year (NOTY) top-10 boards!

Team of the Year (TOTY)

Congratulations to:

  • Marina Tan (Yale) for winning 3rd TOTY!
  • David Slater (Stanford) for winning 4th TOTY!
  • Jim Huang (Yale) for winning 5th TOTY!
  • David Wang (GW) for winning 6th TOTY!
  • Taronish Irani (Columbia) for winning 9th TOTY!
  • Nate Sumimoto (GW) for winning 10th TOTY!

 

Speaker of the Year (SOTY)

Congratulations to:

  • Jerusalem Demsas (W&M) for winning 1st SOTY – the 1st black woman/woman of color in APDA history to do so!
  • Ricky Cambo (Brown) for winning 4th SOTY!
  • Jim Huang (Yale) for winning 6th SOTY!
  • Alex Johnson (Penn) for winning 7th SOTY!
  • David Wang (GW) for winning 9th SOTY!

 

Novice of the Year (NOTY)

Congratulations to:

  • Tiffany Yuan (Hopkins) for winning 1st NOTY!
  • Nate Sumimoto (GW) for winning 2nd NOTY!
  • Tejal Patwardhan (Harvard) for winning 4th NOTY!
  • Deena Mousa (Yale) for winning 5th NOTY!
  • Tanay Patri (Northeastern) for winning 9th NOTY!

 

Final congratulations to all the people of color on the teams that made the COTY board! Thanks everyone for a great year. 🙂

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Diversity on Board (2017-2018)

Belated congratulations to Mars He (Harvard) for being elected President of APDA, marking the first Asian president in APDA history! Further congratulations to Jasper Primack (BU) and Alex Johnson (Penn) for being elected Members-At-Large, making APDA Board 3/6 POC. Finally, congratulations to all the representatives on positions well-deserved!

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International Summer Tournament Opportunities!

While APDA summer tournaments are a great way to stay in practice (and have fun) over the summer, many international students – who tend to be POC – often do not have access to these opportunities. Special thanks to Michelle Ng (Brown) & Harry Elliott (Stanford)!

 

AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICAN REGIONALS

  • Format: British Parliamentary
  • Location: University of Johannesburg
  • Date: TBA
  • Registration Fee: TBA
  • Official Page: N/A

 

ASIA

TAIWAN OPEN

  • Format: Asian Parliamentary
  • Location: National Chengchi University | Taipei, Taiwan
  • Date: May 20 – May 22
  • Registration Fee: $60/person (excluding accommodation)
  • Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/taiwandebateopen.tdo/

PHILIPPINES OPEN

  • Format: Asian Parliamentary
  • Location: San Beda College | Manila, Philippines
  • Date: May 26 – May 28
  • Registration Fee: $50/person (excluding accommodation) / $96/person (including accommodation)
  • Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/philippinedebateopen/

MACAU OPEN

CAMBODIA UADC 2017

 

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

There are currently no tournaments planned at the moment, but Asociación Mexicana de Debate would host one (format: British Parliamentary) if there is enough interest expressed. Its two main contacts are nicholas.ferezin@gmail.com and markjosephwebber@gmail.com

 

EUROPE

SCOTTISH INVITATIONAL

DURHAM OPEN

DELFT OPEN

  • Format: British Parliamentary
  • Location: Delft University of Technology (but hosted at Christelijk Lyceum Delft) | Delft, Netherlands
  • Date: June 17 – June 18
  • Registration Fee: €70/team
  • Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1777807659152775/

BBU OPEN

  • Format: British Parliamentary
  • Location: Babes-Bolyai University | Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Date: July 7 – July 9
  • Registration Fee: €25/person (excluding accommodation)/ €45/person (including accommodation)  
  • Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1295867683786432/

NCH SCI-FI OPEN

TALLINN EUDC

  • Format: British Parliamentary
  • Location: Tallinn University of Technology | Tallinn, Estonia
  • Date: Aug 14 – Aug 20
  • Registration Fee: Reg closed for debaters. €250/judge – likely waivable. Contact Harry Elliot if interested.
  • Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/taiwandebateopen.tdo/

 

OCEANIA

UQ AUSTRALS 2017

  • Format: Austral/Asian Parliamentary
  • Location: King’s College/Cromwell College, University of Queensland | Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Date: July 1 – July 9
  • Registration Fee: AUD $760/team
  • Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/uqaustrals/
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POC at March & April Tournaments

Sorry for the delay! Here is a collective list of all the people of color who broke and/or received speaker awards in March & April:

 

TCNJ II

Congratulations to:

  • Nate Sumimoto (GW) for finaling, taking 9th speaker, and taking 2nd novice speaker!
  • Sahaj Sharda (Georgetown) for quarterfinaling and taking 10th novice speaker!
  • Nena Gallegos (AU) for quarterfinaling!
  • Lucia Yang (Georgetown) for winning novice finals and taking 8th novice speaker!
  • Annie Abruzzo (Swarthmore) for novice finaling!
  • Rohit Dilip (Princeton) for novice semifinaling!

 

Stanford

Congratulations to:

  • Marina Tan (Yale) for finaling!
  • Liya Khan (Chicago) for semifinaling!
  • Jakob Urda (Chicago) for semifinaling!
  • Jeremy Chen (Tufts) for quarterfinaling!
  • Ricky Cambo (Brown) for quarterfinaling and taking 5th speaker!
  • Joonypyo Sohn (Brown) for quarterfinaling!
  • Jaewon Kim (Princeton) for quarterfinaling!
  • Pragya Malik (Princeton) for quarterfinaling!
  • Jay Gibbs (Chicago) for quarterfinaling and winning the novice bracket!
  • Andrew Harrington (Chicago) for quarterfinaling and winning the novice bracket!
  • Bharath Srivatsan (Princeton) for octafinaling!
  • Sinan Ozbay (Princeton) for octafinaling!
  • Henry Zhang (Yale) for octafinaling and taking 6th speaker!
  • James Zhang (Georgetown) for octafinaling!
  • Alex Johnson (Penn) for octafinaling!
  • Deena Mousa (Yale) for octafinaling, taking 8th speaker, and taking 1st novice speaker!
  • Yidi Wu (Brown) for octafinaling!
  • Jim Huang (Yale) for octafinaling!
  • An-Lanh Le (Princeton) for winning novice finals and taking 5th novice speaker!
  • Lena Hu (Princeton) for winning novice finals!
  • Emily Kim (MIT) for novice finaling!
  • Nishanth Selvalingam (UCLA) for novice semifinaling and taking 4th novice speaker!
  • Madelyn Chen (UCLA) for novice semifinaling and taking 8th novice speaker!
  • Violet Sinnarkar (Berkeley) for novice semifinaling and taking 6th novice speaker!
  • Neil Suri (Chicago) for novice quarterfinaling and taking 10th novice speaker!
  • Tanay Patri (Northeastern) for taking 3rd novice speaker!
  • Keshav Arvind (Hamilton) for taking 7th novice speaker!

 

American

Congratulations to:

  • Katy Li (Hopkins) for semifinaling and taking 7th speaker!
  • Michael Koo (Hopkins) for semifinaling and taking 10th speaker!
  • Pallavi Gulati (UNC) for semifinaling!
  • Anika Matin (GW) for quarterfinaling!
  • Chris Baccus (Maryland) for quarterfinaling!
  • Nik Venkatasubramanian (GW) for quarterfinaling and taking 6th speaker!
  • Tony Chung (Georgetown) for novice finaling and taking 10th novice speaker!
  • Sahaj Sharda (Georgetown) for novice finaling and taking 5th novice speaker!
  • Annie Abruzzo (Swarthmore) for taking 2nd novice speaker!
  • Tiffany Yuan (Hopkins) for taking 4th novice speaker!
  • Vijay Ramanujan (Penn) for taking 9th novice speaker!

 

Brown II

Congratulations to:

  • Sophia Caldera (Harvard) for winning the tournament and taking 4th speaker!
  • Adela Lilollari (Yale) for semifinaling and taking 10th speaker!
  • Jim Huang (Yale) for quarterfinaling and taking 6th speaker!
  • Danielle Mitalipov (Stanford) for octafinaling, winning the novice bracket, and taking 4th novice speaker!
  • Aamnah Khalid (Stanford) for octafinaling and winning the novice bracket!
  • Mars He (Harvard) for taking 7th speaker!
  • Emily Hu (Stanford) for novice semifinaling and taking 6th novice speaker!
  • Deena Mousa (Yale) for taking 2nd novice speaker!
  • Segan Helle (Harvard) for taking 8th novice speaker!
  • Shruti Baxi (Yale) for taking 9th novice speaker!

 

Binghamton

Congratulations to:

  • Monica Chin (Brown) for winning the tournament and taking 1st speaker!
  • Anika Matin (GW) for winning the tournament and taking 2nd speaker!
  • Tanay Patri (Northeastern) for finaling, taking 3rd speaker, and taking 1st novice speaker!
  • Jae Ahn (Chicago) for semifinaling and taking 7th speaker!
  • Angela Kang (NYU) for semifinaling!
  • Patricia Ong (CUNY) for taking 9th speaker!
  • Isabela Kernin (NYU) for taking 3rd novice speaker!

 

Georgetown

Congratulations to:

  • Alex Johnson (Penn) for winning the tournament!
  • Alison Chan (Pitt) for quarterfinaling and taking 4th novice speaker!
  • Jerusalem Demsas (W&M) for quarterfinaling and taking 3rd speaker!
  • Sraavya Poonuganti (W&M) for quarterfinaling!
  • Jaewon Kim (Princeton) for taking 9th speaker!
  • Nate Sumimoto (GW) for winning novice finals and taking 6th novice speaker!
  • Lydia Kim (GW) for winning novice finals!
  • Tiffany Yuan (GW) for novice finaling and taking 2nd novice speaker!
  • Javaria Abbasi (UVA) for novice semifinaling and taking 8th novice speaker!
  • Adi Ram (Chicago) for novice semifinaling and taking 10th novice speaker!
  • Neil Suri (Chicago) for novice semifinaling!
  • Annie Abruzzo (Swarthmore) for taking 7th novice speaker!

 

Wellesley

Congratulations to:

  • Mars He (Harvard) for winning the tournament and taking 1st speaker!
  • Nick O’Connor (Harvard) for winning the tournament and taking 8th speaker!
  • Malik Jarvis (Brown) for finaling and taking 6th speaker!
  • Tejal Patwardhan (Harvard) for finaling and taking 2nd novice speaker!
  • Tanay Padhi (Brown) for semifinaling and taking 3rd speaker!
  • Joonpyo Sohn (Brown) for semifinaling and taking 4th speaker!
  • Jasper Primack (BU) for quarterfinaling and taking 2nd speaker!
  • Yidi Wu (Brown) for quarterfinaling and taking 5th speaker!
  • Arvind Veluvali (Brown) for novice semifinaling!
  • Taja Hirata-Epstein (Brown) for novice semifinaling and taking 3rd novice speaker!
  • Aseem Kumar (Brandeis) for taking 5th novice team!
  • Robin Xu (Cambridge) for taking 9th novice speaker!

 

Providence College

Congratulations to:

  • Marina Tan (Yale) for winning the tournament and taking 3rd speaker!
  • Tanay Padhi (Brown) for finaling!
  • Joonpyo Sohn (Brown) for finaling!
  • Ricky Cambo (Brown) for semifinaling and taking 1st speaker!
  • Elaine He (Brown) for semifinaling!
  • Jim Huang (Yale) for semifinaling and taking 7th speaker!
  • Adela Lilollari (Yale) for quarterfinaling and taking 8th speaker!
  • Monica Chin (Brown) for quarterfinaling and taking 9th speaker!
  • Nicholas Quah (Brown) for quarterfinaling!
  • Tanay Patri (Northeastern) for winning novice finals!
  • Aseem Kumar (Brandeis) for novice semifinaling and taking 7th novice speaker!
  • Anagha Lokhande (Brown) for novice semifinaling and taking 9th novice speaker!
  • Isis Davis-Marks (Yale) for taking 2nd novice speaker!

 

Temple

Congratulations to:

  • Harry Zhang (Hopkins) for semifinaling and taking 7th speaker!
  • Annie Abruzzo (Swarthmore) for semifinaling and taking 3rd novice speaker!
  • Alex Johnson (Penn) for taking 4th speaker!
  • Bharath Srivatsan (Princeton) for taking 6th speaker!
  • Adi Ram (Chicago) for winning novice finals!
  • Andrew Harrington (Chicago) for novice finaling and taking 8th novice speaker!
  • Vijay Ramanujan (Penn) for novice finaling and taking 9th novice speaker!
  • Stephanie Wu (Penn) for taking 6th novice speaker!

 

University of Virginia

Congratulations to:

  • Nate Sumimoto (GW) for semifinaling and taking 1st novice speaker!
  • Nik Venkatasubramanian (GW) for quarterfinaling and taking 8th speaker!
  • Pallavi Gulati (UNC) for quarterfinaling!
  • Lucia Yang (Georgetown) for winning novice finals and taking 7th novice speaker!
  • Sahaj Sharda (Georgetown) for novice finaling and taking 4th novice speaker!
  • Lydia Kim (GW) for novice semifinaling and taking 5th novice speaker!
  • Navodhya Samarakoon (GW) for novice semifinaling and taking 6th novice speaker!
  • Erica Jung (GW) for novice semifinaling!

 

Princeton

Congratulations to:

  • David Slater (Stanford) for winning the tournament and taking 3rd speaker!
  • Nate Sumimoto (GW) for semifinaling and taking 2nd novice speaker!
  • Jim Huang (Yale) for semifinaling!
  • Taronish Irani (Columbia) for quarterfinaling and taking 4th speaker!
  • Mars He (Harvard) for quarterfinaling!
  • Jerusalem Demsas (W&M) for quarterfinaling!
  • Katy Li (Hopkins) for octafinaling!
  • Tan Kuan Hian (Hopkins) for octafinaling!
  • Yidi Wu (Brown) for octafinaling!
  • Alex Johnson (Penn) for octafinaling!
  • Dhruva Bhat (Harvard) for octafinaling and taking 6th speaker!
  • Joy Jing (Harvard) for octafinaling!
  • Michael Mao (Yale) for octafinaling!
  • Adela Lilollari (Yale) for octafinaling!
  • Shruti Baxi (Yale) for winning novice finals!
  • Emily Hu (Stanford) for novice finaling and taking 9th novice speaker!
  • Vedant Bhal (Harvard) for novice semifinaling and taking 6th novice speaker!

 

Dartmouth

Congratulations to:

  • Jim Huang (Yale) for winning the tournament and taking 1st speaker!
  • Joy Jing (Harvard) for finaling!
  • Mars He (Harvard) for semifinaling and taking 2nd speaker!
  • Tejal Patwardhan (Harvard) for semifinaling and taking 3rd novice speaker!
  • Elaine He (Brown) for semifinaling and taking 4th speaker!
  • Monica Chin (Brown) for quarterfinaling and taking 6th speaker!
  • Tanay Patri (Northeastern) for quarterfinaling and taking 2nd novice speaker!
  • Jasper Primack (BU) for quarterfinaling and taking 7th speaker!
  • Michelle Ng (Brown) for quarterfinaling and taking 10th speaker!
  • Taja Hirata-Epstein (Brown) for winning novice finals!
  • Aseem Kumar (Brandeis) for novice finaling!
  • Vedant Bahl (Harvard) for novice semifinaling!

 

Swarthmore

Congratulations to:

  • Marina Tan (Yale) for semifinaling and taking 5th speaker!
  • Nate Sumimoto (GW) for quarterfinaling, winning the novice bracket, and taking 1st novice speaker!
  • Jerusalem Demsas (W&M) for quarterfinaling and taking 1st speaker!
  • Katy Li (Hopkins) for quarterfinaling!
  • Nik Venkatasubramanian (GW) for quarterfinaling and taking 7th speaker!
  • Lydia Kim (GW) for quarterfinaling!
  • Pragya Malik (Princeton) for octafinaling and taking 10th speaker!
  • Jaewon Kim (Princeton) for octafinaling!
  • Deena Mousa (Yale) for novice semifinaling and taking 3rd novice speaker!
  • Isis Davis-Marks (Yale) for novice semifinaling and taking 6th novice speaker!
  • An-Lanh Le (Princeton) for novice semifinaling and taking 8th novice speaker!

 

Berkeley

Congratulations to:

  • Danielle Mitalipov (Stanford) for winning the tournament, taking 4th speaker, and taking 1st novice speaker!
  • Kenny Loke (Chicago) for semifinaling and taking 6th speaker!
  • Elana Leone (Stanford) for quarterfinaling and taking 10th speaker!
  • Emily Hu (Stanford) for quarterfinaling and taking 4th novice speaker!
  • Madelyn Chen (UCLA) for quarterfinaling, winning the novice bracket, and taking 6th novice speaker!
  • Andrew Harrington (Chicago) for quarterfinaling, placing 2nd in the novice bracket, and taking 8th novice speaker!
  • Jay Gibbs (Chicago) for quarterfinaling and placing 2nd in the novice bracket!

 

University of Albany

Congratulations to:

  • Jeremy Chen (Tufts) for finaling and taking 9th speaker!
  • Joy Jing (Harvard) for semifinaling and taking 7th speaker!
  • Nick O’Connor (Harvard) for semifinaling!
  • Ricky Cambo (Brown) for quarterfinaling and taking 2nd speaker!
  • Joonpyo Sohn (Brown) for quarterfinaling and taking 5th speaker!
  • Sissi Li Zhou (Northeastern) for quarterfinaling!
  • Angelina Li (Wellesley) for quarterfinaling and taking 4th speaker!
  • Monica Chin (Brown) for taking 10th speaker!
  • Alejandro Bracamontes (Brandeis) for winning novice finals and taking 2nd novice speaker!
  • Tanay Patri (Northeastern) for taking 5th novice speaker!
  • Anagha Lokhande (Brown) for taking 6th novice speaker!
  • Keshav Arvind (Hamilton) for taking 8th novice speaker!
  • Taja Hirata-Epstein (Brown) for taking 10th novice speaker!

 

William & Mary II

Congratulations to:

  • Harry Zhang (Hopkins) for semifinaling and taking 2nd speaker!
  • David Wang (Unaffiliated) for quarterfinaling!
  • Lydia Kim (GW) for quarterfinaling!
  • Nik Venkatasubramanian (GW) for quarterfinaling!
  • Lucia Yang (Georgetown) for winning novice finals and taking 5th novice speaker!
  • Maia Rosewelsh (UVA) for novice finaling and taking 9th novice speaker!
  • John Han (UVA) for novice semifinaling!
  • Tiffany Yuan (Hopkins) for taking 4th novice speaker!
  • Sahaj Sharda (Georgetown) for taking 7th novice speaker!

 

Rutgers Nationals

Congratulations to:

  • Jim Huang (Yale) for finaling and taking 5th speaker!
  • Jerusalem Demsas (W&M) for semifinaling and taking 2nd speaker!
  • Marina Tan (Yale) for semifinaling!
  • David Slater (Stanford) for quarterfinaling!
  • Yidi Wu (Brown) for quarterfinaling and taking 3rd speaker!
  • Nate Sumimoto (GW) for quarterfinaling and taking 5th novice speaker!
  • Bharath Srivatsan (Princeton) for octafinaling!
  • Pragya Malik (Princeton) for octafinaling and taking 4th speaker!
  • Jaewon Kim (Princeton) for octafinaling and taking 13th speaker!
  • Henry Zhang (Yale) for octafinaling!
  • Adela Lilollari (Yale) for octafinaling!
  • Alex Johnson (Penn) for taking 16th speaker!
  • Malik Jarvis (Brown) for taking 17th speaker!
  • Harry Zhang (Hopkins) for taking 19th speaker!
  • Vedant Bahl (Harvard) for winning the novice bracket!
  • Tejal Patwardhan (Harvard) for taking 2nd novice team and 7th novice speaker!
  • Deena Mousa (Yale) for taking 3rd novice team and 4th novice speaker!
  • An-Lanh Le (Princeton) for taking 5th novice team and 6th novice speaker!
  • Final congratulations to Harry Zhang, Tan Kuan Hian, Catherine Zheng, Joy Jing, Nick O’Connor, Mars He, Jasper Primack, Vedant Bahl, Anika Matin, and Nena Gallegos for being non-breaking 4-2s!

 

Thanks to everyone for a great year! As always, please let us know if someone is falsely included in or excluded from this list.

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