The ETHS Debate Team competed in the Northern Illinois District Tournament March 9-10, vying for top three spots in each event to qualify for a trip to Indianapolis for the National Forensic League Championship in June.

ETHS sophomores Aaron Clarke and Lewis Herman qualified in Public Forum Debate, and sophomore Emanuel Dallas qualified in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. ETHS senior Noah Whinston is the first alternate in Congressional Debate. ETHS was the only school to qualify students in multiple debate events. 

ETHS Debate Team members, from left, Noah Whinston (senior), Russell Fillmore-Brady (sophomore), Lewis Herman (sophomore), James Long (sophomore), Emanuel Dallas (sophomore), and Aaron Clarke (sophomore).

“Qualifying three sophomores to nationals is an excellent indication of the strength of our program and a preview of things to come,” stated ETHS Debate coach Jeff Hannan. “Now we turn our attention to preparing for the novice and varsity state championships. We are fielding strong entries in both divisions, and are favored to win multiple state titles.”

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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