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  1. Bronx Science is looking forward to attending with quite a few teams!
  2. http://www.joyoftournaments.com/ny/bigbronx/ I hope you'll join us this October! -- Jon Cruz Director of Forensics The Bronx High School of Science
  3. The following e-mail was sent out to all coaches in New York whose e-mail addresses I could find. Please pass the word on!
  4. The New York State Debate Coaches Association invites coaches from the Empire State to join us at the inaugural meeting of our organization. We will constitute ourselves formally and begin discussion of major items as outlined in the agenda below. The meeting will take place at 6:00 PM on Friday, June 4, 2010. We thank Harry Feder, director of debate at the Beacon School, for securing meeting spcae at Friedman Kaplan Seiler and Adelman LLP, which is located at 1633 Broadway (cross street is 50th Street) in Manhattan. The large conference room we'll be using is on the forty-sixth floor. The building requires the names of guests in advance; if you would like to attend this meeting, please contact Jon Cruz. The New York State Debate Coaches Association seeks to recognize the significant accomplishments of debaters, debate coaches, and debate programs in the state, to develop infrastructure that responds to the contemporary and growing needs of the evolving high school debate community in the state, and to grow debate in the state. Our web site is located at NYSDCA.org. Agenda for June 4, 2010 Meeting I. Constitution of Organization II. Nomination and Election of Officers III. NYSDCA State Tournament 2011 a. Date & Location b. Qualification System c. 2010 Status (Co-Hosted with Westchester Classic) IV. Discussion of By-Laws a. Membership V. Discussion of Outreach & Growth Efforts VI. Open Discussion
  5. I have sent this out over a couple of listservs, but wanted to cross-post it basically everywhere. I hope you that everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend The Bronx High School of Science Seeks Policy Debate Director, Assistant Coaches The Bronx High School of Science Speech & Debate Team seeks an experienced coach to serve as Director of Policy Debate. The successful applicant would also accompany the policy debate squad to several national, regional, and local tournaments throughout the course of the year. This year, on the national level, Bronx Science policy debaters won the National Debate Coaches Association Coaches Association, the Harvard University Round Robin, the Blake School's John Edie Holiday Tournament, and the Georgetown Day School Invitational. Bronx Science also debated the final round of the Harvard National Invitational and the semifinal round of the Greenhill Fall Classic. Four separate teams received bids to the TOC. More locally, Bronx Science debaters -- younger and olders -- won titles at Byram Hills High School, Ridge High School, Yale University, and the state tournament. Our novices had a phenomenal season and are ready to join our rising and juniors and sophomores by becoming leading debaters on the squad. The Bronx High School of Science is a specialized public high school in New York City. As such, debate receives no direct funding from the school system. Fortunately, our program has an incredibly supportive alumni base and a robust annual fundraising drive. The program also enjoys exceptionally strong support from the school's administration, parents, and general student body. The Director of Policy Debate will work in tandem with the Director of Forensics, Jon Cruz, at a program with a rich history of excellence in debate. The director of policy debate will be responsible for administrative matters within the squad (assignments, for example) but not for administrative matters regarding the logistics of attending tournaments. More recent graduates may apply; Bronx Science has a strong recent history of encouraging and training younger coaches. The Director of Forensics works closely with all squads -- and squad directors -- of the program. As an institution in a public school system that currently is undergoing a hiring freeze for new faculty, a teaching job is unfortunately unavailable. Our program has a long history of excellent, dedicated "part-time" directors leading our individual squads to success. Salary and time expectations are negotiable. Interested applicants should send a resume and/or questions to Jon Cruz (joncruz1138@gmail.com or cruz1@bxscience.edu) immediately. The program is also seeking assistant coaches. Again, recent graduates may apply, and pay and time expectations are negotiable.
  6. I have sent this out over a couple of listservs, but wanted to cross-post it basically everywhere. I hope you that everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend The Bronx High School of Science Seeks Policy Debate Director, Assistant Coaches The Bronx High School of Science Speech & Debate Team seeks an experienced coach to serve as Director of Policy Debate. The successful applicant would also accompany the policy debate squad to several national, regional, and local tournaments throughout the course of the year. This year, on the national level, Bronx Science policy debaters won the National Debate Coaches Association Coaches Association, the Harvard University Round Robin, the Blake School's John Edie Holiday Tournament, and the Georgetown Day School Invitational. Bronx Science also debated the final round of the Harvard National Invitational and the semifinal round of the Greenhill Fall Classic. Four separate teams received bids to the TOC. More locally, Bronx Science debaters -- younger and olders -- won titles at Byram Hills High School, Ridge High School, Yale University, and the state tournament. Our novices had a phenomenal season and are ready to join our rising and juniors and sophomores by becoming leading debaters on the squad. The Bronx High School of Science is a specialized public high school in New York City. As such, debate receives no direct funding from the school system. Fortunately, our program has an incredibly supportive alumni base and a robust annual fundraising drive. The program also enjoys exceptionally strong support from the school's administration, parents, and general student body. The Director of Policy Debate will work in tandem with the Director of Forensics, Jon Cruz, at a program with a rich history of excellence in debate. The director of policy debate will be responsible for administrative matters within the squad (assignments, for example) but not for administrative matters regarding the logistics of attending tournaments. More recent graduates may apply; Bronx Science has a strong recent history of encouraging and training younger coaches. The Director of Forensics works closely with all squads -- and squad directors -- of the program. As an institution in a public school system that currently is undergoing a hiring freeze for new faculty, a teaching job is unfortunately unavailable. Our program has a long history of excellent, dedicated "part-time" directors leading our individual squads to success. Salary and time expectations are negotiable. Interested applicants should send a resume and/or questions to Jon Cruz (joncruz1138@gmail.com or cruz1@bxscience.edu) immediately. The program is also seeking assistant coaches. Again, recent graduates may apply, and pay and time expectations are negotiable.
  7. I have sent this out over a couple of listservs, but wanted to cross-post it basically everywhere. I hope you that everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend The Bronx High School of Science Seeks Policy Debate Director, Assistant Coaches The Bronx High School of Science Speech & Debate Team seeks an experienced coach to serve as Director of Policy Debate. The successful applicant would also accompany the policy debate squad to several national, regional, and local tournaments throughout the course of the year. This year, on the national level, Bronx Science policy debaters won the National Debate Coaches Association Coaches Association, the Harvard University Round Robin, the Blake School's John Edie Holiday Tournament, and the Georgetown Day School Invitational. Bronx Science also debated the final round of the Harvard National Invitational and the semifinal round of the Greenhill Fall Classic. Four separate teams received bids to the TOC. More locally, Bronx Science debaters -- younger and olders -- won titles at Byram Hills High School, Ridge High School, Yale University, and the state tournament. Our novices had a phenomenal season and are ready to join our rising and juniors and sophomores by becoming leading debaters on the squad. The Bronx High School of Science is a specialized public high school in New York City. As such, debate receives no direct funding from the school system. Fortunately, our program has an incredibly supportive alumni base and a robust annual fundraising drive. The program also enjoys exceptionally strong support from the school's administration, parents, and general student body. The Director of Policy Debate will work in tandem with the Director of Forensics, Jon Cruz, at a program with a rich history of excellence in debate. The director of policy debate will be responsible for administrative matters within the squad (assignments, for example) but not for administrative matters regarding the logistics of attending tournaments. More recent graduates may apply; Bronx Science has a strong recent history of encouraging and training younger coaches. The Director of Forensics works closely with all squads -- and squad directors -- of the program. As an institution in a public school system that currently is undergoing a hiring freeze for new faculty, a teaching job is unfortunately unavailable. Our program has a long history of excellent, dedicated "part-time" directors leading our individual squads to success. Salary and time expectations are negotiable. Interested applicants should send a resume and/or questions to Jon Cruz (joncruz1138@gmail.com or cruz1@bxscience.edu) immediately. The program is also seeking assistant coaches. Again, recent graduates may apply, and pay and time expectations are negotiable.
  8. Harry Feder is being honored at our Awards Convocation and Dinner (an annual tradition which, for this year, is being expanded into the event I mentioned above) for the tremendous work he's done at Beacon. He was, by all accounts, a beast...and still is!
  9. Hi Chuck, Andrew is indeed the debater with the highest win count in our team's history. I've included the list of the top fifty below. (I know the numbers aren't pasting over perfectly, since it's ordering folks who tied in win count.) We're having a Speech & Debate Day celebration at Bronx Science later this month in honor of the program's long history and the tremendous work of our kids this year. Steve Gold, whose thirty-three-year-old win count record Andrew surpassed, will be serving as Principal for the Day. We're hoping to have Herschel Goldfield (Andrew Berman's partner the year he won) there, too, along with Andrew (Berman) himself if we can make it work out. And if luck works out, Stuart Rabin as well! Andrew (Markoff) and Zack are the two hardest-working kids I have ever, ever met. We are so proud of their growth over these past four years. Bravo to all the debaters at the TOC for a fantastic weekend! 1. Andrew MARKOFF 2010 407 2. Steve GOLD 1977 389 3. Erik JAFFE 1982 388 4. Robert SCHEIN 1984 385 5. Stuart RABIN 1984 377 6. Tiggy ELDRED 1982 376 7. Stephen WEINER 1977 366 8. Kevin JOVANOVIC 1992 345 9. Matt DUNAY 2009 340 10. Jeremiah “Jay” SCHUUR 1992 334 11. Mark MOLLÉ 1997 332 12. Robert FROST 1997 307 13. Andrew BERMAN 1980 294 14. James LIN 1995 293 15. Zack ELIAS 2010 281 16. Adrienne BROVERO 1991 281 17. James MALLIOS 1992 276 18. Brandon WALES 1995 269 19. Claude MILLMAN 1981 265 20. Jude VOLEK 1999 264 21. Francisco BENCOSME 2008 260 22. Kristina GUNNARSDOTTIR 2008 258 23. Herschel GOLDFIELD 1980 255 24. Stuart WEICH 1980 247 25. Saboor SHEERAZI 2009 245 26. Regina DEKHTYAR 1990 244 27. Karuna PATEL 1994 243 28. Constantine DIMAS 1992 241 29. Harry FEDER 1984 237 30. Jordan ALPERT 1994 236 31. Seth TELEKY 2009 235 32. Noah MILLMAN 1988 232 33. Anderson LEE 1991 232 34. Alex-Handrah AIMÉ 1994 231 35. Jason BENZAKEN 1994 229 36. Matt ROSS 2011 226 37. Carla KOPPELL 1984 226 38. Bobby ESNARD 2010 224 39. Mark SOURIAN 1990 224 40. Joseph GIOVANNELLI 1974 224 41. Becky GREEN 1998 222 42. Rosemary PUGH 1980 219 43. Martin KESSLER 1994 218 44. Mark BOAL 1991 213 45. Dylan GORMAN 2010 210 46. Eric C. RAPS 1978 209 47. Jesse FREUND 1988 207 48. Joshua C. BRUMBERG 1988 201 49. Ian WEINSTEIN 1977 201 50. Melanie PLAZA 2008 200
  10. I announced the opening date of registration on several mailing lists and web sites in advance, but even I was taken aback by the volumes of registration within hours of the midnight opening. As of this posting, policy, LD, and Public Forum are completely full. I am working on accommodating more entries. Please sign up for the waitlist today. The New York City Invitational BIG BRONX XXXIX Registration opens at midnight on August 1, 2009. http://www.joyoftournaments.com/ny/bigbronx Dear colleague, The Bronx High School of Science cordially invites you and your team to participate in the thirty-ninth annual installment of the New York City Invitational. We are delighted to continue our tradition of offering a challenging and competitive tournament early in the year. We are proud of our competition's long history of excellence and look forward to presenting our best tournament yet. This year's tournament will take place on our traditional weekend, which falls this year on October 16, 17, and 18, 2009. The New York City Invitational features Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Team Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Legislative Debate. Bronx Science is a qualifying competition for the Tournament of Champions in all four events. We anticipate that quarterfinalists in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, semifinalists in Team Debate, quarterfinalists in Public Forum Debate, and the top six competitors in Legislative Debate will receive bids to the TOC. There are three important changes for this year: -- Last year, due to logistical issues, we were forced to host our tournament at a neighboring school. We are pleased that we will be back (permanently!) at the Bronx High School of Science for the entire competition. -- All elimination rounds in Lincoln-Douglas debate, including the sextodecimofinals, will take place on Sunday. There have been subtle alterations to the schedules for Team Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Legislative Debate as well. -- We will be introducing a traveling sweepstakes award this year to present to the championship school at the tournament. Last year, our tournament included extensive participation from across the country, including teams from twenty states -- Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington State -- and the District of Columbia. Jake Nebel of Trinity Preparatory School in Florida won the Lincoln-Douglas Debate competition and was presented with the Richard B. Sodikow Award; Paul Tyger of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School in Texas was the reserve champion. Mia Kunst and Alexandra Evans of Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C. won the Team Debate competition and were presented the Big Bronx Bowl; Anuj Bapodra and Neil Bapodra of Newburgh Free Academy in New York were the reserve champions. William Schreiber and Amanda Claire Grayson of Mountain Brook High School in Alabama won the Public Forum Debate tournament and were presented with the David Yalof Trophy; Daniel Ehrlich and James Krellenstein of Paul D. Schreiber High School in New York were the reserve champions. Drew Vollmer of Walt Whitman High School in Maryland won the Legislative Debate tournament and was presented with the Joseph Giovannelli Grand Gavel; Alex Smyk of Ridge High School in New Jersey was reserve champion. "Tastes of the World," our popular hospitality program introduced four years ago, will again allow attendees to be treated to foods from around the globe, in honor of the many cultures upon which our diverse student body is built. We are pleased to announce that a new parent steering committee has been organized to help us make the quality of this food and the ease of its distribution the best yet. The considerable strength of both our competitive and judging pools across divisions, as well as our mandatory paradigm disclosure, open tabulation room, community preference systems in both Lincoln-Douglas and Team Debate, and the newest installment of the nationally-renowned Bronx Round Robin in Lincoln-Douglas Debate will make this a tournament worth attending in all divisions. Our gorgeous, high-quality individual and team awards, perpetual trophies, and other special honors guarantee that your experience at the New York City Invitational will be remembered and celebrated. We encourage you to register early, as we anticipate the tournament will fill very quickly. With low registration costs, meals provided, and free housing available for students (first come, first served), our competition at Bronx Science is one of the best values on the calendar. You can register online at Joy of Tournaments. We hope to see you and your team in New York this October. Jon Cruz Director of Forensics Director of Lincoln-Douglas Debate The Bronx High School of Science
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    The two teams are co-champions. The coin flip determined the recipient of the first place plaque.
  12. Bronx Science's Kristina Gunnarsdottir and Francisco Bencosme are in finals.
  13. Next year, as announced on the NDCA listserv, St. Mark's will take place October 17-19, and Big Bronx will take place October 24-26.
  14. Bronx Science needs to hire a few additional judges for a three-round novice/JV tournament in Monticello, NY. We are leaving from the city at 7 AM. We'll pay a ridiculously good rate for a three-round tournament, and there will be downtime at the tournament to do work and whatnot. Please contact me immediately. joncruz1138@gmail.com
  15. I appreciate the kind words posted on this thread about Big Bronx and about the quality of our policy tournament. The regrowth we have been able to achieve in our LD tournament at the New York City Invitational (Big Bronx) has been dramatic over the past two years. This has been the result of an outpouring of support from both the regional and national debate communities. I have been very gratified that our hard work has paid off and that we can now safely anticipate a very large number of entries from programs from across America in LD. I have now been directing my energies towards a similar resurgence in policy. With free housing and complimentary meals, Big Bronx is unquestionably one of the best values on the national calendar. Our judging pool will be complimented by a large number of expert alumni critics and incredible hired judges. We are eager to have you as our guests. For more information, please refer to: http://www.joyoftournaments.com/ny/bigbronx/info.asp Big Bronx will run on October 12, 13, and 14.
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