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Speech & Debate competitions prepare ETHS team for continued success

Jan 19, 2018  4:00pm CT


As the Evanston Township High School Speech and Debate team prepares for February events, students have strong momentum from their most recent competitions. In December 2017, ETHS students competed with the following results:


  • Senior Jasper Davidoff finished in 3rd place at the Dowling Paradigm in Iowa, which qualifies him to the Tournament of Champions in April.
  • Juniors Max Layden and Nolan Clarke reached elimination rounds in Policy debate at Dowling.
  • Three Lincoln-Douglas debaters made elimination rounds at the Blake Holiday Debates in Minneapolis: Elliot Davis (round of 64), Joshua Ahn (round of 32), and Elizabeth Sperti (round of 16).
  • Seniors Nina Kaushikkar and Gigi Wade reached the semifinals of Public Forum debate at Blake.


In February 2018 ETHS Speech & Debate will host more than 30 schools from four states at the “Superb Owl” winter invitational. ”This year, the tournament has been recognized by the National Tournament of Champions (TOC) committee as one of the best competitions in the nation,” remarked Jeff Hannan, ETHS Speech & Debate coach. The TOC will award bids in both Public Forum debate and Policy debate to finalists at the Superb Owl.


For more information about ETHS Speech & Debate, contact Jeff Hannan at