Clara and Gabe at desk

Gabe Chang-Deutsch (left) and Clara Conry (right) competed in the tournament virtually.

Minneapolis South High School’s debate partnership, Gabe Chang-Deutsch & Clara Conry, were Semifinalists in the Policy Debate section of the Tournament of Champions. Conry & Chang-Deutsch debated students from Bellarmine Preparatory Academy in Tacoma, WA during the semifinal round of the tournament.

In response to COVID-19, the tournament was held entirely virtually. The Tournament of Champions is hosted by the University of Kentucky. To qualify for the TOC, students must earn bids through strong performances at highly competitive tournaments during the season. Conry & Chang-Deutsch competed against many of the most competitive policy teams in the US, through octafinals, quarterfinals, and semifinals.

The policy debate resolution debated at this year’s tournament was: Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.

The following teams from the state of Minnesota also competed in Policy Debate at the Tournament of Champions:

  • Eagan HS – Li & Sen
  • Edina HS – Anderson McElligott & Atri

We’re sending them our congratulations, along with their hardworking coaches: Allegro Wang, Izak Gallini-Matyas, and Oskar Tauring Traxler.