The Schreiber High School debate team recently won the Princeton Classic, which attracts the country's most prestigious and competitive teams. Just to enter this tournament earns attention in the national forensic league and identifies the team as a high achieving group of public speakers.
Seniors Kyra Siegel and Jake Singer have made their mark in the national forensic league and their hard work has made Schreiber's debate team a force to be reckoned with. All of the debaters did extremely well at the tournament.
Seniors Gulus Emre, Samira Iravani, Melinda Salaman, Gunjan Sewhani, Kyra Siegel and Jake Singer participated in the last Princeton Classic tournament of their high school debating careers. Juniors Dahlia Hassan, Sidny Ginsberg, and Erin Szulman, sophomores Stephen Nash and James Krellenstein and first-time debaters freshmen Priyanka Sewhani and Christina Vlahos also participated.
In the Public Forum part of the competition, 54 teams from dozens of schools participated. This competition deals with a controversial current subject and is argued in language that an ordinary person would understand. The Public Forum competition could be compared to a nationally-televised event such as Crossfire. The topic was "Resolved: Colleges and universities in the United States should end their early admissions programs." Three of the five Public Forum teams from Schreiber made it into the finals. These three teams were Gulus Emre and Samira Salaman, Jake Singer and Kyra Siegel, and Stephen Nash and James Krellenstein.
In the final round, two Schreiber teams competed against each other: Nash and Krellenstein against Emre and Salaman. Due to tournament rules, a coach's decision had to be made to determine which team would move on to the quarterfinal round. Because of their exceptional standings, Mrs. Renee McClean, the team's coach, decided that Salaman and Emre, third seeded in the tournament with a record of 4-0, would continue.
When they were defeated by a team from Syosset, their disappointment was tempered by the excellent performance of the team as a whole and the outstanding achievement of Kyra Siegel and Jake Singer.
In their round, Kyra Siegel and Jake Singer defeated a team from Hunter College. In the next elimination round the pair outdid a team from Pennsylvania. Their next debate was against Regis High School. Siegel and Singer spoke for the affirmative position, in favor of ending college early admissions, and won. In their last round, a close match resulted in another win for Siegel and Singer; and they received a trophy for coming in first place.
The Lincoln-Douglas Debate involves the analysis and debate of a topic that has no definite answer. These debaters argue the values of the topic and do not rely as much on evidence as in a policy debate. They have to uphold their own case and attack the other side. The LD debate resolution for the Princeton tournament was "Resolved: A victim's deliberate use of deadly force is a just response to repeated domestic violence." For the Schreiber team's Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate, the two participants were Sidny Ginsberg and Erin Szulman. Ginsberg ended the tournament with three wins and three losses, while Szulman had two wins and four losses.
The National Forensic League has an active membership of over 93,000 high school students and 3,500 teachers. The alumni of this organization include President Lyndon Johnson, a number of senators and actors along with Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey and Jane Pauley. The Port Washington school district's superintendent, Dr. Geoffrey Gordon and Board of Education President Rob Seiden and member Patrick Foye were all debaters when they were in school.