BV debate places first, third in first two debate tournaments

Raine Andrews, Photo Editor

Blue Valley’s debate team started their season off September 14th at Washburn Rural and Blue Valley Southwest.
At Washburn Rural, juniors Josh Jilovec and Aquib Jamil participated in the open division and placed third out of 70 teams. Senior Calvin Cochran and junior Luke Chen placed fourth in the same division.
Jamil said he and Jilovec have prepared for the season since summer.
“We did a lot of individual research before the tournament to try and get ready,” Jamil said. “It really paid off.”
At BVSW, BV placed first overall out of 18 schools with four teams bringing home medals. Seniors Archana Vasa and Blake Staley were champions of the varsity division and ended the tournament with a perfect score of 5-0.
“I was glad to have started the season off on the right track,” Vasa said. “We knew that we were doing pretty well, but we weren’t sure about the results. Not knowing made us focus for a strong finish, which helped us win.”
With the team’s strong start to the season, Vasa said there are high hopes they will bring home another State Championship title. The team has 12 overall titles, the most recent being from 2010.
“We will put in a lot of time and effort to bring the State Championship back to BV,” Vasa said.
Even though only a few teams will get to represent BV at State, Vasa said it will be a team effort that will push them to where they want to go.
“On our squad, we always want to work smart in order to beat our opponents,” Vasa said. “As long as we practice, research, work smart and work hard together as a team, I know BV Debate will have a good finish at State.”
Recent Debate Results
Washburn Rural
Jamie Brower and Patrick Carabello placed in the top 16 out of 75 varsity teams with a 4-2 record
Blue Valley Southwest (open)
Danny Vandervoort and Adam Steinhilber were 6th
Emma Friedlander and Macy Rainer and Emma Gunnar and Paige Waldberg tied for 4th all with 4-1 records
Arjun Prakash and Dane Holland were 2nd with a 5-0 record
Ajay Subramanian and David Cline were 6th with a 3-2 record