Viking Debate Success at State

Niles North Debate competed at the Illinois Debate Coaches Association Novice/Junior Varsity State Championship over the weekend of March 11.


In the Novice division, Matt Sturt and Liam Barrett finished with a 6-4 record, barely missing qualification for elimination debates. Matt Sturt received fifth speaker out of 134 debaters. Lauren Sonnier and Hajirah Khan were the 13th seed. They upset the fourth and fifth seeds. They finished as Semifinalists after losing on a 2-1 decision.


In the Junior Varsity division, Alan Ivackovic and Hephzibah Devadass qualified for elimination debates as the eighth seed. They finished as Quarterfinalists. Alan Ivackovic won third speaker out of 110 students. Liam Lorenz and Abdul Feroz were the 11th seed. They finished as Octafinalists after a close 2-1 decision.



This debate success was made possible with the support of the North Varsity debaters who gave up their weekend to mentor and coach the Novice squad. Their assistance was invaluable.


Niles North Varsity Debate will compete at the IHSA State Championship in Springfield, IL this weekend (March 18, 2017).