NU High debate students advance to national Tournament of Champions — first time since 2003

Photo: Matt Margulies’ Facebook page

Like us and Celebrator Beer Editor Tom Dalldorf, Nevada Union High students Devin Anderson and Morgan Margulies were in Berkeley this past weekend with some of their classmates and teachers.

The two high schoolers and their families, whom we are proud to know, were at the Cal High School Speech and. Debate Tournament at UC Berkeley.

And Devin and “Mo” received enough bids to advance to the Tournament of Champions, a national debate tournament held at the University of Kentucky on April 28-30.  It is considered the most prestigious and competitive American high school debate tournament.

“Now in its 47th year, the Tournament of Champions serves as the forum of competition for the nation’s very best speech and debate participants,” according to the tournament organizers. “A public service of the University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Program, the TOC strives to offer the national high school debate community the highest quality judging, impartial tournament officials, and a friendly, congenial atmosphere.”

“Epic news!” the NU Debate Facebook page read. It marks the first time since 2002 and 2003 that NU teams went to the Tournament of Champions.

And it was a “twofer” for “Mo’s” dad Matt Margulies, owner of Matteo’s and a “beer geek.” He attended the Celebrator’s 30th anniversary celebration, along with Tom. Devin’s dad is Michael Anderson, owner of Clientworks.

Congratulations to all these families, including debate coach Stephen Goldberg!



Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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