NORTH FULTON, Ga. On Saturday, Oct. 12, Hopewell Middle School students competed at McEachern High School in a debate tournament. Eight of 12 Hopewell debaters were new to the activity, but they didn't let their novice experience stop them. All six teams placed in the tournament, which included more than 100 teams competing in the novice division (only the top 35 were recognized).
Hopewell's sixth-grade team of Chase Porter and Vedic Panda placed 31st, while the seventh-grade team of Anthony Phillips and Logan Sowder placed 25th. Eighth-graders Nik Yagnik and Judah Lampkin placed 24th, and eighth-graders Nik Havanur and Anna Perry placed 20th. The seventh-grade team of Roshni Harita and Alina Baiju placed 16th, and the eighth-grade team of Griffin Smith and Connor Christiansen went undefeated and placed eighth.
Speaker awards were also given to the top 50 speakers (out of over 200 students), where Baiju placed 43rd, Porter placed 18th and Harita placed eighth overall.