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Debate takes 1st Place, Coach Starkweather Named Diamond Coach

Penn Debate Team takes first place in competition on Dec. 3, 2022

Penn's Debate Team placed first in an Indiana Speech & Debate Association Tournament held Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Penn High School.


Penn beat out Chesteron, Munster and Crown Point.

Debate results

Debate Coach Mr. Jeremy Starkweather was named National Speech & Debate Association Diamond Coach on November 30. First Diamond Coaches receive the degree of merit for coaching a minimum of five years, and earned 15,000 points. Each point represents dedicated coaching and hours of practice, revision, and growth for students.


Penn results: 

  • Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate: 5th Place Rishita Maheshwaram
  • Novice Public Forum Debate: 1st Matt Voor and Max Scheidler
  • Novice Student Congress: 6th Place Avison Collier, 5th Place Landon Graves, 4th Place Autumn Weimer, 3rd Place Jason Mbianda, 1st Place Ishita Masetty
  • Varsity Lincoln Douglas: 8th Place Olivia Bulger, 7th Place Sarah Rooney, 5th Place Alex Wagler, 3rd Akul Bhambhani, 1st Place Chris Chen
  • Varsity Policy Debate: 5th Place Braden Fox and Bray Sappenfield; 1st Place Sarah Ahmed and Lynn Chung
  • Varsity Public Forum: 7th Place Alina Luck and Jaanavi Kaushik; 6th Place Malak Shamkhi and Aasmaa Shamkhi; 4th Place Noah Schafer and Bohdan Kolomeiiets; 2nd Place Noah Shafer and Stanley Liew
  • Varsity Student Congress: 4th Place Janet Yu; 1st Place Tasneem Ahmed
  • World Schools Debate: 5th Place Luke Drzewiecki, Yiheng Lu, Ben Edwards, Logan Chodzinski, and Keegan Fall; 3rd Place Max LaFleur, Jacob Kyle, Mira Yaradi, Ishita Awasthi, and Benjamin Galiher


CONGRATULATIONS to Penn Debate & Coach Starkweather!

Diamond Coach