One weekend of 9/29-9/30, in a hot New Orleans, Louisiana, we traveled two debaters from Newark Science to the University of New Orleans, which hosted the Holy Cross School Navy and Gold Debate and Speech Tournament. New Orleans was very different from Newark—it gave off a distinct feeling or vibe that felt unique; it could only be described as a feeling that you were no longer in the North but down South. It was a very alien feeling, but despite such feeling, Newark Science established greatness in High School Lincoln Douglas Debate on a national level.
The topic for these debates was: Resolved: In the United States, National Service ought to be compulsory.
The two debaters sent were from Newark Science: Brianna Aaron and Osmane Sanogo. Brianna was the second seed of the tournament with a perfect preliminary record of 6-0. Brianna also got the second place Speaker Award. Sadly, she loss on octos against George Ranch’s Mohammed Sheikh, which went on all the way to semi-finals until he was defeated by our very own Osmane Sanago.
Osmane Sanogo was the third seed of the tournament with a nearly perfect preliminary record of 5-1. Osmane received a speaker award for fifth place, and went all the way to up finals and defeated St. Andrew’s Episcopal’s Ishan Bhat on a 2-1 decision. Making it to Quarters he received a full bid to the Tournament of Champions, one of the most prestigious debate tournaments in high school debate, where the best debaters compete against each other.
Congratulations to Newark Science for such a strong performance and congrats to Osmane for winning the entire tournament!