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Feb. 27, 2018 - Harvard National High School Invitational Forensics Tournament Results

 

The Harvard National High School Invitational Forensics Tournament, held in Cambridge, Massachusetts each Presidents’ Day weekend, is the largest and most prestigious high school debate tournament in the country, providing opportunities for students to compete in policy debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, public forum debate, student congress and a variety of individual and duo speech events. 

Plano ISD results from the 44th Harvard National High School Invitational Forensics Tournament which took place on February 17-19 are listed by event below. Coaches for Plano Senior High and Clark High School are Cheryl Potts, Neal White and Stef Cambra; coaches for Plano West Senior High School are Rhonda Smith and Kattie Leito.

Plano West placed first in extemporaneous speaking and public forum debate; Plano Senior High placed third in congressional debate and Clark High School won first place sweepstakes among schools competing for the first time at this annual tournament. Congratulations to all students who participated in this elite tournament.

 PSHS & Clark HS Speech and Debate teams in Cambridge, MA

(Left to right) from Clark High School — Aishni Shrivastava, Ritvik Mahendra, Sean Patel, Leela Knapp and Vivian Zhou; from Plano Senior High School — Eshan Chhabra, Navnit Mohan, Nicolas Teachenor, Saavni Desai and Nicholas Senktas pictured at the tournament in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

PWSH Speech and Debate team with trophies

Plano West Senior High Speech and Debate: (front row) Mishan Kara, Stephanie Zang,  Jacqueline Wei, Jennifer Lin, Nikhil Ramaswamy,  Elizabeth Khalilian, Anthony Jiang, Shiva Kandala (back row) Sandipan Nath, Mukund Rao, Jerry Yang, Ranie Lin, Uzair Alpial, Pranay Dhondi

Congressional Debate

More than 440 contestants from 140 Schools and 20 states competed in 26 preliminary chambers. Quarterfinalists earn one qualifying bid to the prestigious Tournament of Champions (TOC) at the University of Kentucky.

  • Saavni Desai, Plano Senior High School - semifinals
  • Mishan Kara, Plano West Senior High School - semifinals 
  • Nicholas Senktas, Plano Senior High School - semifinals
  • Nicolas Teachenor, Plano Senior High School - semifinals
  • Eshan Chhabra, Plano Senior High School - quarterfinals
  • Shiva Kandala, Plano West Senior High School – quarterfinals
  • Leela Knapp, Clark High School - quarterfinals
  • Navnit Mohan, Plano Senior High School – quarterfinals
  • Aishni Shrivastava, Clark High School - quarterfinals
  • Vivian Zhao, Clark High School - quarterfinals

Public Forum Debate

356 contestants from more than 120 schools nationwide competed. Double Octo-finalists earn one qualifying bid to the prestigious Tournament of Champions (TOC) at the University of Kentucky.

  • Ranie Lin, Plano West Senior High School - first place
  • Jerry Yang, Plano West Senior High School - first place
  • Jennifer Lin, Plano West Senior High School - quarterfinals,  twelfth place
  • Jacqueline Wei, Plano West Senior High School - quarterfinals, fourth place
  • Mukund Rao, Plano West Senior High School - triples
  • Stephanie Zhang, Plano West Senior High School - triples

Extemporaneous Speaking

224 contestants from 140 Schools and 20 states competed.  Quarterfinalists earn one qualifying bid to the prestigious Tournament of Champions (TOC) at the University of Kentucky.

  • Nikhil Ramaswamy, Plano West Senior High School - final, first place
  • Elizabeth Khalilian, Plano West Senior High School - final, fifth place
  • Uzair Alpial, Plano West Senior High School - semifinals
  • Anthony Jiang, Plano West Senior High School - quarterfinals
  • Burzin Balsara, Plano Senior High School - octofinals
  • Rohan Chhaya, Clark High School - octofinals
  • Pranay Dhondi, Plano West Senior High School - octofinals
  • Sandipan Nath, Plano West Senior High School - octofinals

Duo Interp

  • Joyce He and Jessie Yu, Plano Senior High School - octofinals

Informative Speaking

  • Rohan Chhaya, Clark High School - octofinals

Original Oratory

  •  Julia Lin, Clark High School - double octofinals