Joey Schnide (Evanston Township High School Class of 2015), who was honored earlier this year for winning the national Lincoln-Douglas Debate, claimed the top spot in Extemporaneous Debate at the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Tournament held earlier this month, in Dallas, Tex.
The win marks the second NSDA national championship in the school’s history and the second national championship earned by ETHS this year.
Schnide’s final record in his event was 13-1, and he won the final round on a 7-0 decision. This year the Extemporaneous Debate event began with 688 students from 45 states and 7 countries and was the largest field in any national debate event in history, according to ETHS Speech and Debate coach Jeff Hannan.
With the help of teammates Eric Weine, Kevin Klyman, Nina Kaushikkar, and Joseph Mossbridge, Schnide prepared for one-on-one debates in which the topic is announced only 30 minutes prior to a round.
Students debated topics such as US-Cuba relations, body cameras for police, Right to Work laws, Palestinian sovereignty, the Greek debt crisis, sexual assault on college campuses, megabank divestment, and Kurdish Independence.
“This championship is the crowning achievement of this season, and it was a true team effort,” remarked Hannan.