Reagan Middle students shine at National Debate Tournament
Posted on 08/10/2018
Students with trophy from national debate tournamentTwo teams from Ronald Reagan Middle School capped off a successful season of debate with strong showings at the 2018 National Speech and Debate National Tournament, held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this summer. More than 2,000 high school and middle school students participated in the premier event.

The team of Saahas Gowda and Aatish Sethi from Ronald Reagan Middle School finished 18th place in their first national appearance. The team of Abdullah Usufzai and Agrim Sharma, also from Ronald Regan Middle School, performed well to finish in 33rd place.

This year’s public forum topic was “Resolved: On balance, the benefits of United States participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement outweigh the consequences.” Both teams worked hard to prepare to debate both sides — pros and cons. The tournament consisted of six preliminary rounds and elimination rounds.

“I couldn’t be prouder of these guys," said Ronald Reagan debate team coach William Florer. "Their focus prior to the tournament and their improvement and adjustments during the tournament were exceptional. These debaters represented their school and their community with pride and dignity.”

Abdullah Usufzai and Agrim Sharma -Reagan Debate TeamThe team of Saahas Gowda and Aatish Sethi from Ronald Reagan Middle School