Brandon Chen and Kelly Phil broke the record by being the very first international team to break in the most difficult, most prestigious policy debate event. High school policy is extremely challenging because there is no limit to Affirmative topic choice, and because only the winners are allowed to attend. Worldwide, only 3% of debaters who won in their local district, specifically top 2 teams from each of the approximately 200 NSDA districts are permitted to attend the annual NSDA Nationals. This year, approximately 180 policy teams qualified. By winning the 1st place from last April NSDA Taiwan, Brandon/Kelly qualified, and made it to the first break of approximately 60 teams by winning 4 rounds out of 6 preliminary rounds, and advanced to receive 2 more ballots in round 7 and 8 each, which would place them close to top 50 out of 180 teams, representing the top 1% of policy debaters worldwide, certainty not only the very best policy debaters in Taiwan, but even in the U.S.!!
McKenzie Engen and Darren Fang proved once more that in International division, ADL debaters dominate by easily winning Japan, Korea, and China teams.
Jonathan Hsu, Salina Kuo, and Angela Wang represented Taiwan in one of the NSDA main events, the World School Debate. WSD is difficult because the topic changes every single round. With two preliminary wins, albeit they didn’t break in the main event, they did in the supplementary event called “Extemporaneous Debate.” Jonathan and Salina both broke to the first elimination round!
As a perfect closure, our middle school debaters – Amber Ting and Andrew Tsang made Taiwan #1 by being #1.
In preliminary rounds, Nathan Sung and Micah Wang were higher seed than Amber/Andrew due to their higher speaker points, testifying how close they could have won first place, and proudly demonstrating their mighty power and potential to win any opponents even in the U.S.
100% of ADL Policy Teams cleared NJFL Preliminary Rounds!
Please congratulate 1) Allen Huang, 2) Brian Hsiao, 3) Jonathan Lin, 4) Jennifer Chiang, 5) Faye Shih, and 6) Jennifer Chin for their great achievement at the 2014 National Forensics Championship Tournament held in Overland Park, Kansas, U.S.A. from June 18 -21, 2014!
Allen Huang and Brian Hsiao won all 5 rounds in the Preliminary and were the 4th seed! Allen and Brian won the Octo-Finals, but lost in the Quarter Finals.
Two Morrison Teams (Faye Shih & Jennifer Chin; Jonathan Lin & Jennifer Chiang) had to debate each other in Octo-Finals, so the higher ranking team (Jonathan and Jennifer) automatically advanced but lost in the Quarter Finals.
2012 NSDA (ADL’s first year)
Jeremy Mindich & Allen Huang – Octofinalists in Policy Debate
Both also won Top 10 Speaker Awards