Sunday, November 28, 2010

Vermont Wins IDAS 2010 Tournament

Stephen Boyle with his team from Vermont, John Sadek and Jessica Bullock

John Sadek and Jessica Bullock have won the 60 team 24 country International Debate Academy Slovenia 2010 tournament held at the Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Filip Dobranic and Maja Cimernan of Ljubljana, the reigning EUDC ESL champs, came second, other teams in the final Were Anna England Kerr and Crt Podlogar from Ljublljana along with the Serbian team of Goran Jankuloski and Pedrag Pevicevic from BelgradeJUDGES:

Anne Valkering, Netherlands (chair), John Hampson, British Council, Loke Wing Fatt, Singapore, TJ Senamngern, Thailand and Maja Nenadovic, Netherlands.

Semifinals: bold go through
Kerr Podlogar 1O
Williams Eng 2O
Cimerman Dobranic 1P
Pitic Moscovici 2P
ROOM: 14
Dicu Gadeke 1O
Jankuloski Petricevic 2P
Sobocan Denkovski 1P
Sadek Bullock 2O

Quarterfinals: bold go through
Cimerman Dobranic, Slovenia/Ljubljana
16 Alexandrescu Sovaiala-Ionescu, Romania/Argo
Pitic Moscovici, Romania/Argo
Durrani Joyce, USA/St. John's
Kerr Podlogar, Slovenia/Ljubljana
13 Vignevic Cirovic, Serbia/Belgrade
Suleic Kolundzic, Serbia/Belgrade
12 Williams Eng, USA/Air Force Academy
Dicu Gadeke, Romania-Germany
15 Jutersek Polsak, Slovenia/Maribor
Jankuloski Petricevic, Serbia/Belgrade
10 Salapic Martinic, Croatia
Sadek Bullock, USA/Vermont
14 Sobocan Denkovski, Slovenia/Maribor-Cambridge
Vrecic Zitek, Slovenia/Ljubljana
11 Velikovski Georgievska, Macedonia

PositionNameTeamTotal pointsAverage

1Maja CimermanCimerman Dobranic48180,16

2Filip Muki DobranicCimerman Dobranic47979,83

3Marietta GadekeDicu Gaeke47579,16

4Eveline DicuDicu Gaeke47378,83

5Goran JankulovskiJankulovski Petricevic47278,66

5Jessica BullockSadek Bullock47278,66

7Anna England KerrKerr Podlogar47078,33

7Serban PiticPitic Moscovici47078,33

9Mlden SuleicSuleic Kolundzic46978,16

10John SadekSadek Bullock46878,00

1. THW require migrants wishing to have European citizenship to pass language and value tests.
2. This House would return national treasures to their country of origin
3. This House believes that adoption agencies that receve state funding should give priority to same sex couples and infertile couples.
4. This House would require large online social networks to be controlled democratically by their users.
5. This House would refuse to negotiate with kidnappers and hijackers.
6. This House believes that Roma should be recognized as the first transnational minority in the European Union.
THBT Arabic nations should stop selling oil to France until it removes restrictions on Islamic dress.

Semis. THBT the ECB should have veto power over member states budgets
Finals. THBT the free market does not make the workers free.

The oprogram is sponsored by ZIP Slovenia, World Debate Institute USA, European Union, Europe for Citizens Program and the law firm of Bickell and Brewer. 
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Breaking Teams at IDAS 2010

60 teams pose before round one

Top 20 teams, top 16 advance to quarterfinals in the morning:

1. Cimerman Dobranic 15-960 Slovenia/Ljubljama
2. Dicu Gadeke 14-948 Romania/Germany
3. Sadek Bullock 14-940 USA/Vermont
4. Kerr Podlogar 14-935 Slovenia/Ljubljana
5. Suleic Kolundzic 13-932 Serbia/Belgrade
6. Vrecic Zitek 13-896 Slovenia/Ljubljana
7. Jankiloski Petricevic 12-939 Serbia/Belgrade
8. Pitic Moscovici 12-930 Romania/Argo
9. Durrani Joyce 12-917 USA/St. John's
10. Salapic Martinic 12-899 Croatia
11. Velkovski Georgievska 12-898 Macedonia
12. Williams Eng, 11-913 USA/US Air Force Academy
13. Vignjevic Cirovic 11-912 Serbia/Belgrade
14. Sobocon Denkovski 11-911 Slovenia/Maribor & Cambridge
15. Juterek Polsak 11-909 Slovenia/Maribor
16. Alexandrescu Sovaiala-Ionescu 11-902 Romania/Argo

17. Brach Krakowski 11-894 Poland
18. Lipovsek Arvaj 11-890 Slovenia
19. Weese Jager 10-911 Austria/Vienna
20. Duque Diaz 10-907 Venezuela/AUDAS
20. Bencik Fink 10-907 Slovenia

IDAS is sponsored by ZIP Slovenia and the World Debate Institute at the University of Vermont, with support from European Union and the law firm of Bickel and Brewer. 
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Friday, November 26, 2010

On To Ljubljana for the Tournament

This is the view from the room at Hotel Spik where I was staying.

The International Debate Academy Slovenia instructional portion ended on Thursday night.

After a day of three lectures, nine exercise groups, twelve practice debates, ten electives and then twelve more rooms of practice debates, the day ended with the famous "Kitsch Party." Everyone came in their funkiest styles and Gavin Ilsley got his legs waxed (so his short skirt would look better) in an effort to raise money for breast cancer and prostate cancer research. I am sure there will be lots of photos later.

Friday morning buses will take everyone to Ljubljana for the tournament held at the Faculty of Public Administration at the University of Ljubljana. Some teams added, a couple had to go home, but we are looking at a field of 60 teams at roll call. Rounds one and two will be today, three through six on Saturday, and then elimination rounds on Sunday.

Stay tuned for all details. 
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Electives from First Two Days IDAS 2010

People have asked me what all those electives (12 a day) from IDAS are. So, I thought I would post them from the first two days to give people ideas for training and also an idea of how we are training university students and teachers here.




Room: Jezerci
Principled argumentation - Boyle
Learn how to argue from a principled standpoint and make theoretical arguments more convincing.

Room: Spik
How to improve your Manner/Be an effective speaker - Loke
Tips on how you could improve your style as a speaker will be discussed.  You will take home some useful ways to help yourself and others to become more effective, stylistically, as a public speaker.

Room: Gobela
Persuasive Appeals - Wright
Social science as a weapon of mass consumption. This lecture will address some of the more socially scientific visions of contemporary persuasion. Including some of these devices in a debate works to demonstrate the shared space between debaters, judges, and audiences.

Room: Elevator 3
Debating Technologies, Internet and Media – Zheng Bo
Discussion of How technologies shaped our life and our social network.

Room: Rute
Yugoslavia: Once Upon a Time, There Was a Country… - Nenadovic & Avbar
History, politics, culture and religion of a country that once was and is no longer. The elective pays special attention to the breakup of the country in the 1990s, the issues that arose in the process, and the (post-conflict) democratization processes as well as EU accession prospects for the countries formerly known as ‘Yugoslavia’.

Room: Elevator 2
Strategic style – Ilsley
Learning the value of a stylistic range and how best to deploy it



Room: Jezerci
EU Integration and expansion - Boyle
An exploration of the EUs expansion to date, and a discussion of the countries currently under consideration for accession.

Room: Spik
Multiculturalism in Singapore/Asia - Loke
This is a Content Lecture on how Singapore and Asian countries pursue multiculturalism in its politics, laws, and social norms.  It will be useful for EU students to learn how people from Asian countries devise policies to accommodate the multiplicity of race, religion and language in their diverse populations.

Room: Rute
Yugoslavia – Part 2 – Nenadovic & Aybar
Contunies from part 1.

Room: Gobela
Narrative Reasoning – Wright
This elective discusses the persuasive form and function of narrative. Defining narrative reasoning and combining it with more traditional appeals to reason makes debaters more persuasive to various audiences.

Room: Elevator 3
Setting Cases for Gov and Opp – Zheng Bo
Discussions on how Opp avoid panicking and develop a coherent case to negate the Gov case in 7-min, and how Gov can well utilize their 15-min prep time to develop a case that is logically sound.

Room: Elevator 2
The lightning bug and the lightning –  Ilsley
Word choice and framing in winning debates



Room: Gobela
Ecological Philosophies - Snider
There are philosophical perspectives on the relationship between human beings and the ecology that can help you create coherent, consistent and compelling arguments in debates about ecological issues. They range from very human-centered to very bio-centered. These can also help you, as an individual, determine what your relationship with the ecology is and how it should operate in your life as well as in debate.

Room: Rute
EU democratisation promotion policies – chances of success - Valkering

Room: Spik
Economics for debating - Boyle
Learn how to debate some of the most pressing economic issues of the day

Room:  Jecerzi
How to find the "core issues" in a debate motion - Loke
This is an interactive session where the students will be guided to systematically discover the key ideas which should be given air time in a debate topic.  Students will go away with some key concepts/questions they should ask when discovering "core issues" in a debate motion.

Room:  Lobby 3
Speaker Roles and Team Strategies – Zheng Bo
Discussions about speaker roles and team strategies, with focus on the dynamic nature of BP debates.

Room: Lobby 2
Aristotelian rhetoric – Wright
The form and function of different rhetorical forms. Recognizing the particulars of a case and a motion, using the parameters set forth by rhetorical scholarship, debaters could prep more fluid and convincing arguments.

Room: AW 1
Analyzing the debate motion in order to get a clear problem definition. Many governments fail to specify what the problem is that they are addressing, and in doing so, they miss to outline the relevance of the motion. This is a highly practical elective, where we will together take apart different debate motions, review problems inherent in those motions, and devise relevant government and opposition strategies.


Room: Spik
      Position & Treatment of the Roma in Europe - Nenadovic
Starting with the brief history of the Roma people in Europe, this electives covers the current biggest controversies relating to their position and treatment. This elective will discuss both the recent deportations from France and the rise of right-wing parties such as Jobbik in Hungary and the implications this has on the position of Roma, as well as the intended mechanisms of protection (such as the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, laws on protection of national minorities). 

Room: Lobby 3
Debating China – Zheng Bo
Information and discussions about China, such as Mainland/Taiwan relationships, Tibet, China as World Factory, etc.

Room: Rute
EU and Asylym – Valkering
Asylum policies in the EU and how they work.

Room: Lobby 2
Histories – Wright
How historiography and the epideictic shape us. Considering the international flavor of Worlds-style debate, learning and applying historical narrative in a debate could establish credibility to various argumentation claims.

Room: Jecerzi
How to find Extensions - Loke
This lecture focuses on what is a valid Extension for the Second Teams and how to find a good one, without being told by the judges that you are just "repackaging" the Upper House.  Students will take home strategies to discover a good Extension.

Room:  Gobela
Needs and Motivation – Morgan
From Maslow to Max-Neef: a look at the classic
hierarchy of needs contrasted with conflicting models of need

Sunday, November 21, 2010

8th IDAS Begins!

Debate - WUDC - Guaranteed Income - IDAS 2010 Exhibition from Alfred Snider on Vimeo.

With a total of 140 hearty souls on hand, the 8th International Debate Academy Slovenia has begun in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. The program is sponsored by Za in Proti Slovenia, the World Debate Institute at the University of Vermont, the law firm of Bickell and Brewer, and the EU Europe for Citizens Program.

The event will feature ten practice debates, fifteen lectures, fifteen debate exercise sessions, over thirty elective classes and a number of exciting social events. Participants have come from over 24 countries to this year's event.

The event kicked off with an exhibition debate on Saturday night on the motion, This House believes that all citizens should be entitled to a basic income without the requirement of work. The first proposition team was Anna England Kerr of Ljubljana University and Stephen Boyle of University College Dublin and the University of Vermont, the second proposition team was Jessica Bullock and John Sadek of the University of Vermont, the first opposition team was Gavin Ilsley and Rhydian Morgan of the UK's Stylus Communications, and the second opposition team was Filip Dobranic and Maja Cimerman of Ljubljana University (the reigning EUDC ESL champions).

The event is being held at the Hotel Spik, a beautiful mountain resort with breathtaking views of the Julian Alps as well as lovely work rooms, living rooms and delicious food.

The director is Bojana Skrt and the academic director is Alfred Snider. Faculty include Stephen Boyle, Gavin Ilsley, Rhydian Morgan along with Loke Wing Fatt of Singapore, Maja Nenadovic of the Netherlands, Jaime Wright of St. John's University in the USA, Zheng Boof Peking University in China, Anne Valkering of the Netherlands, TJ Senamengern of Assumption University in Thailand, Steve Llano of St. John's University in the USA. Peter Mesarec and Helena Felc of Slovenia are important parts of the program.

There is a group of some 20 trainers and teachers who are attending the additional trainers' workshop. They will learn the WUDC format, coaching and training skills, as well as judging. They will begin judging as the week goes on and will also judge at the tournament.

On Friday everyone will take buses to Ljubljana where a three day tournament will take place at the University of Ljubljana's faculty of administration. Other teams from around Europe will join those already at IDAS for a major central European tournament.

For more information, check out and

We will have more information as the program advances.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Social Events Announced

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By Helena Felc & Gregor Janžek

Saturday, 20. November
Get to know each other party
Location: Hotel Špik
Description: Amazing party. Drinking games. Getting to know people from all over the world.
Dress code: Wear a white T-shit if you are single or in an open relationship and wear a red T-shirt if you are in a relationship. We will have waterproof pens to write on T-shirts smart witty thoughts that will cross our minds while you will pass us (not expensive T-shirts).

Sunday, 21. November
Cultural exhibition party
Location: Hotel Špik
Description: Every country gets its own table to present itself, present their national food, drinks and other. A quiz may occur and you may win an award if you will know enough facts about Slovenia and the rest of the world (and debate gossip). Also a Tyrannosaurus Rex may (or may not be) present at said party. Prepare appropriately.
Dress code: Something typical for your country or be wrapped in your national flag.
Bring: something typical from your country preferably drinkable and eatable that makes you dizzy. Bring the booze you typically drink in your country.

Monday, 22. November
Salsa party
Location: Hotel Špik
Description: People from Venezuela will teach you how to dance salsa.
Dress code: Something to dance all night long in. Shoes are important.

Thursday, 23. November
Karaoke party
Location: Hotel Špik
Description: Drink, sing, drink some more and sing better. You know the drill.

Wednesday, 24. November
Stand up comedy night
Location: Hotel Špik
HEAVEN is where:
The police are British
The chefs Italian
The mechanics are German
The lovers are French
and it's all organised by the Swiss HELL is where:
The police are German
The chefs are British
The mechanics are French
The lovers are Swiss
and it's all organised by the Italians!!
If you think you can come up with better jokes, then impress us with your very own stand-up show. We have professional groupies who will follow the best comedians.
Awards will be given to those who will make us cry with laughter.

Tuesday, 25. November
Kitch party
Location: Hotel Špik
Description: Crazy music with crazy kitch clothing with a competition of who is the »kitchiest« of them all.
Dress code: If you are a guy – dress as gay or girlish as you think you can pull off. If a girl – dress as sexy or as manly as you can. You can put on as much or as few pieces of clothing you can handle, but make sure you go gaga.

Friday, 26. November
Site seeing Ljubljana
Location: Ljubljana city center
Description: Walk around Ljubljana and drinks.
Dress code: Naked Friday! And please shave your backs.

Saturday, 27. November
Announcement party
Location: Ljubljana city center
No description needed.

Sunday, 28. November
Traditional Skleleton party
Location: Skeleton bar, center of Ljubljana
Description: party with loads of amazing cocktails (two for the price of one). You can join the secrect 4 straws of the Apocalypse club.

A little bit inspired by Gossip Girl: IDAS will have its own gossip blog. All you need to do is write an email and the message and photos will be posted on the blog by its own. All details will be handed to you on the place of crime. We reserve the right to remove certain entries if deemed inappropriate.

See you soon,

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

2010 Elective Proposals from Llano, Wright and Snider

KranjskaGora-centrocittaImage via Wikipedia

More will come as faculty send them in!


Eastern Philosophy and Debating

An overview of ideas from Eastern thought that are not so much a contribution to strategy as they are a contribution to your relationship with debating. Why we choose to debate will be examined from these viewpoints as opposed to how we choose to debate. However, keen students will definitely be able to make connections between this discussion and the particulars of practice.

Debate as a Martial Art

Applying the principles of martial arts to debate reveals some approaches to debate strategy that you might not have considered and that your opponents certainly are not ready for. Examination of martial arts strategies, samurai combat philosophy will be introduced and discussed and attention will be paid to the holistic way a debater should prepare for competition.

Annoying things Debaters do but shouldn't.

A combination of a rant and an enlightening lecture from an American adjudicator who seldom breaks but is happy not to, because he won't have to hear all of these terrible things you do each round in your speeches. Come learn some more productive things to do with your speech time as well as all those parts where you are not speaking.

Ancient Rhetoric and Contemporary Practice.

The principles of the ancient arts of rhetoric come to us via the ancient Greek and Roman world. This elective will attempt to discern contemporary uses of these ideas for debate. Attention will be split equally between speech style and organization as well as argument development and construction.

Dialogue as a Debating Principle

Years after its publication, David Bohm's groundbreaking study _On Dialogue_ is still seen as a response to debate. In this session we will see that Bohm's call for dialogue contains interesting and unique principles that can only be applied to BP debating. Specifically, each position on the table can learn how to engage and interact with every other position via Bohm's insights. Time will be reserved for discussion and dialogue on team interaction in a BP round and strategies for success.


Ideas for Electives:
1) Narrative Reasoning: This elective discusses the persuasive form and function of narrative. Defining narrative reasoning and combining it with more traditional appeals to reason makes debaters more persuasive to various audiences.
2) Persuasive Appeals –social science as a weapon of mass consumption. This lecture will address some of the more socially scientific visions of contemporary persuasion. Including some of these devices in a debate works to demonstrate the shared space between debaters, judges, and audiences.
3) Popular Culture—using everyday experience to persuade. According to Barry Brummett, popular culture is “those systems or artifacts that most people share and that most people know about… In speaking of popular culture, then, we are concerned with things, like television, that are part of the everyday experience of most people” (Rhetoric in Popular Culture 27). How might these applications of these systems work to flesh out a case?
4) Aristotelian rhetoric: the form and function of different rhetorical forms. Recognizing the particulars of a case and a motion, using the parameters set forth by rhetorical scholarship, debaters could prep more fluid and convincing arguments.
5) Histories—how historiography and the epideictic shape us. Considering the international flavor of Worlds-style debate, learning and applying historical narrative in a debate could establish credibility to various argumentation claims.


International Relations Paradigms
There are paradigms, or “world views,” within which international relations events are conceptualized and decisions are made. How you view the international system influences how you think about it and the arguments you use. This elective will examine popular IR paradigms (realism, constructivism, etc.) and explain how to use them to build a team line, come up with major arguments, avoid contradictions and have a coherent approach.

How to Make Arguments More Important
There are standard things that a debater can do to give issues you bring to the debate more “impact.” If you are aware of these significance giving ideas then you can pick the one or two that apply best to the argument you are making and use them to convince the judges that your position is more important than rival positions that lack this kind of substance.

Ecological Philosophies
There are philosophical perspectives on the relationship between human beings and the ecology that can help you create coherent, consistent and compelling arguments in debates about ecological issues. They range from very human-centered to very bio-centered. These can also help you, as an individual, determine what your relationship with the ecology is and how it should operate in your life as well as in debate.

Thicker Extensions
Too often your extension is a good idea, but it consist of you saying the same things over and over again in different ways. This elective will help you learn how to build n extension out of relevant components to make it more compelling and much harder to refute. Deliver a second team extension for 4-5 minutes and keep the interest and attention of the judges while building compelling ideas.

Avoiding Doing Irritating Things While You Speak
Many debaters have arguments and make sense, and even sound good, but still do many things in delivery of a speech that detracts from their content and makes them a lot less persuasive. Learn what these things are and learn drills to make you stop doing them.
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

IDAS 2010 Relocates to Hotel Špik in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

This year we go to a new location! We know the town, as the World Schools Debate Academy took place there. We know the new hotel because Bojana Skrt and Alfred Snider had an inspection visit.
Because of the huge number of attendees this year, we have had to relocate to a larger facility. This has been a very good development because while we love the familiarity and the friendliness of Hotel Ormoz, the facilities could be better. And, they will be at Hotel Špik. It is a very modern tourist hotel located in a lovely mountain valley of the Julian Alps, very new, and with lovely rooms, dining facilities, bar and an indoor pool. The work spaces are also superior and we hope that the comnbination of better facilities and larger attendance should make this the best International Debate Academy ever!
Get more information at

Hotel Špik
Address: Jezerci 21, Gozd Martuljek, Kranjska Gora,
Buses from Ljubljana  on hourly basis from 5.30  to 19.30, one way ticket 7.90 EUR
The other option is a train from Ljubljana – Jesenice and then bus Jesenice – Gozd Martuljek or if you are traveling via Austria flying to Klagenfurt or even Vienna, than you have train from Villach (every two hours) to Jesenice and than bus to Gozd Martuljek. Much easier, actually than going to Ormoz.
Questions? Consult
Spaces are going fast, so hurry before you get left out.
Get more information at
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Time To Apply for IDAS 2010!

*WUDC Top EFL Speaker
*WUDC Top ESL Speaker
*2 OF WUDC EFL Top Ten Speakers
*4 OF WUDC ESL Top Ten Speakers
*5 OF WUDC ESL Quarterfinal Teams

20-28 NOVEMBER 2010
Full program for students – instruction, IDAS 2010 tournament
IDAS 2010 tournament for students – tournament in Ljubljana at the Faculty of Administration-University of Ljubljana.
Full program for trainers, teachers, coaches, club leaders, judges at any level in any debate format. 

Arrive in Ormoz, Slovenia November 20 2010, dinner at 6 PM, program at 7 PM
Instruction in Ormoz November 21-25 2010
Transfer to Ljubljana morning 26 November 2010
IDAS tournament in Ljubljana afternoon 26-28 November 2010, ending at 2 PM

  • Stephen Boyle, USA/Ireland: Twice in WUDC elims, won Hart House, Yale and Irish Times as debater for University College Dublin and now debate coach at University of Vermont. 2nd IDAS.
  • Loke Wing Fatt, Singapore: Well known Asian debate trainer, WUDC breaking judge, honorary professorship North-Eastern University China, SAID Singapore, 6th IDAS.
  • Gavin lllsley, Oxford, Stylus Communication.2nd IDAS.
  • Chris Langone, USA: Cornell University. 3rd IDAS.
  • Steve Llano, USA: Breaking judge at USU. 4th IDAS.
  • Rhydian Morgan, UK: Chief Adjudicator and Finals judge at numerous tournaments, Welsh Debating Federation, World Debate Institute faculty 2008-09, 4th IDAS.
  • Sam Nelson, USA: Cornell University, breaking judge at USU.4th IDAS.
  • Maja Nenadovic, Croatia: Founder of several debating societies across Europe, currently busy with introducing debate to countries in the Western Balkans region, and with finishing her PhD in political science at the University of Amsterdam. 3rd IDAS.
  • Thepparith Senamngern, Thailand: Assumption University, convener Bangkok WUDC & Thailand AUDC.2nd IDAS.
  • Alfred Snider, USA: Professor at University of Vermont, Director World Debate Institute, USA Coach of the Year, six recent debate textbooks, Convener 2009 US Universities Nationals, 8th IDAS.
  • Bojana Skrt, Slovenia: Director ZIP, three times WSDC EFL World Champion coach, 8th IDAS.
  • Anne Valkering, Netherlands: Oxford ESL semi-finalist 2006, finalist 2007, winner ESL final Manchester IV 2007; EUDC ESL finalist 2006, semi-finalist 2007, quarterfinalist 2008, ESL second speaker 2008, fifth speaker 2006; WUDC ESL champion 2008; DCA Dutch Nationals 2009, CA Bonaparte Debate Tournament 2007, DCA Amsterdam Open 2008 and 2009, CA Sciences Po IV 2009.
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