12:24 PM EDT, July 5, 2011
The Howard County Capitol Debaters won the Middle School National Policy Debate Championship, held June 18-19, in Dallas.
The team of Lime Kiln students Nikita Datta and Jake Smith and the team of Lime Kiln student Simon Zhu and Montessori student Daniel Budai advanced to the finals of the Middle School Policy Debate National Championship. As both teams were from Capitol Debate, they were declared National Co-Champions in Policy Debate. This marks the third year in a row that Capitol Debaters won the national championship.
The team of Ellicott Mills student Gabriel Koo and McDonogh School student Alyssa Resar advanced to the quarterfinals of the national championship. Simon Zhu was awarded top individual speaker in the U.S.
In Public Forum Debate, the team of Elkridge Landing student Meagan Lane and Wilde Lake student Victoria Brown advanced to the finals of the championship before losing to Sydney Lanier Middle School, of Houston, Texas. The twin teams from Lime Kiln Middle School of Joe Smith/Jon Smith and Sonya Datta/Alexis Datta advanced to semifinals. The team of Hammond student Isabel Slavinsky and Lime Kiln student Athena Kan advanced to the final 16 in the nation.
There were more than 500 students from 26 states and one territory, and from 62 schools at the Middle School National Championships, hosted by the National Junior Forensic League. The team will try to defend its title in June 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind.
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