Tournaments Hosted at Harvard-Westlake

Save the dates for the 2015/2016 Season

  • The Harvard-Westlake Tournament will be on MLK Weekend. We will host Lincoln-Douglas, Policy & World Schools. If there is interest, we will host a Challenge format tournament for policy as well. For more information, please contact Mike Bietz - mbietz@hw.com.
  • The David Damus Hollywood Invitational will be on November 7, 8 & 9, 2015. For more information about the Hollywood Invitational, please contact Christina Tallungan - tallungan@gmail.com
  • The Harvard Westlake MSPDP Tournament will be held again in January. We will once again host it as an interleague tournament. For more information, please contact Mike Bietz - mbietz@hw.com.

Trophy display for the Harvard-Westlake Debate Tournament, The debate.LA Challenge and the World Schools/Team USA Training.

Trophy display for the Harvard-Westlake Debate Tournament, The debate.LA Challenge and the World Schools/Team USA Training.

Upcoming Events Hosted by Harvard-Westlake Debate

The debate.LA Challenge

The debate.LA Challenge was hosted on the Friday prior to our main tournament on the weekend of January 2-5, 2015. We had 32 LD competitors. Click here to learn more about the challenge format.

2015 Results

Co-Champions: Varad Agarwala and Bennett Eckertt, Greenhill School (TX)
Top Speaker: Varun Bhave, Torrey Pines HS (CA)

Final Placing | Results Packet | Speaker Placement

The poster presented to every competitor, coach and judge at the debateLA Challenge

The poster presented to every competitor, coach and judge at the debateLA Challenge

The Harvard-Westlake Debate Tournament

We are an octas bid qualifier to the Tournament of Champions. We offer Varsity and Novice LD and World Schools. In 2016, we'll add policy debate.

2015 Results

Varsity LD
Champion: Pranav Reddy, The Harker School (CA)
Runner-up: Akhil Jalan, PV Peninsula HS (CA)
Top-Speaker: Pranav Reddy, The Harker School (CA)

Final Placing | Results Packet | Speaker Placement

Novice LD
Champion: Indu Pandey, Harvard-Westlake School (CA)
Runner-up: Isabel Ting, Daugherty Valley (CA)
Top Speaker: Nick Platt, Harvard-Westlake School (CA

Final Placing | Results Packet | Speaker Placement

Sweepstakes
1st: Greenhill School (TX)
2nd: PV Peninsula High School (CA)
3rd: The Harker School (CA)

World Schools/Team USA Training
Top Speaker: SunHe Simon, Science Park HS (NJ)
2nd Speaker: Nicky Haltermann, Norman HS (OK)
3rd Speaker: Amelia Miller, Harvard-Westlake School (CA)

Greenhill School. debateLA Closeout & 1st Place Sweepstakes.

Greenhill School. debateLA Closeout & 1st Place Sweepstakes.

Poster presented to the members and coaches of Team USA

Poster presented to the members and coaches of Team USA

the Harvard-Westlake MSPDP Tournament

Our Middle School tournament was held on January 10, 2015.

2015 Results

Top 10 Teams
1st: Brentwood RWB
2nd: Marlborough ZDL
3rd: Polytechnic GDP
4th: Ridgecrest RJZ
5th: Polytechnic HM
6th: Harvard-Westlake MKN
7th: Ridgecrest KAL
8th: Pegasus SCP
9th: Harvard-Westlake MSM
10th: Ridgecrest LCC

Top 10 Speakers
1st: Emma Blum, Brentwood
2nd: Lauren Kong, Ridgecrest
3rd: Jaya Nayar, Harvard-Westlake
4th: Isiuwa Omoigui, Chaminade
5th: Alexandra Mork, Harvard-Westlake
6th: Eli Grossman, Polytechnic
7th: Alex Cristiano, Pegasus
8th: Spencer Klink, Harvard-Westlake
9th: Hannah Mittleman, Havard-Westlake
10th: Alisha Sahi, Harvard-Westlake

A group of trophy winners from the HW MSPDP Tournament

A group of trophy winners from the HW MSPDP Tournament

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Great Communicator Debate Series: Western Region Qualifier

On Saturday May 9, 2015, we will be hosting the Western Regional Qualifier for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Great Communicator Debate Series.

Two students will qualify to the National Finals, which will be held on Thursday July 23-Sunday July 26, 2015 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California.

"The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series is designed to develop proactive, informed, educated, and conscientious citizens and leaders by creating and hosting a national series of high school debates. This series is aimed at engaging and informing young people whose first opportunity to participate as voters will take place in the 2014 elections and beyond. This nonpartisan debate series will culminate in a National Championship, hosted on-site at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and will showcase the talents of top-ranked high school debaters from six diverse regions across the country."

National Championship Prize Breakdown
Champion: $10,000
Runner-up: $7,500
3rd – 4th: $5,000 each
5th – 8th: $2,500 each
9th – 16th: $1,500 each