Friday, September 17, 2021

Record Qualifier for CISD Debate Students

Fresh off a competitive win, the Dragon Debate team looks to the annual Tournament of Champions this weekend.

The Dragons brought home top honors at the Lone Star District Tournament the weekend of April 18. This event is a a national qualifying tournament and one of the most competitive events in the country.

Carroll freshmen Aman Patel and Camilla Cox are the first Cross Examination Debate team ever to qualify for Nationals from CISD. Likewise, qualifying to the national tournament as ninth graders is extraordinarily rare. The National Speech and Debate Association National Finals will be held in Dallas during the third week of June.

Congressional Debate (Senate) winners were, sophomore Emma Lin and senior, Azhar Hussain.

The team will spend the week preparing for the Tournament of Champions in Kentucky. Click here for details about the event.

Debate Team Earns Top Honors at Harvard Tourney

DebateMembers of the Carroll Dragon Debate team battled the elements, including record-setting snowfall, as well as the toughest competition in the country.

The team came away with impressive results. The 21st Annual Harvard National Congress tournament included 468 competitors from across the nation.

Senior Azhar Hussain became the first Carroll student in the history of the school to win first place at Harvard.

First Place – Azhar Hussain
Semifinalist – Emma Lin
Quarterfinalist – Zain Aziz
Leadership Award – Azhar Hussain




Dragon Debate Hosts British National Debate Team

On Saturday, October 11, students from Carroll Senior High hosted the British National Debate team. Organized by the National Communication Association’s Committee on International Debate and Discussion, annual tours of the U.S. conducted by international teams offer opportunities for public deliberation on a variety of issues.

While the national teams usually compete against college teams, we were fortunate this year to have the support of the University of North Texas, who sponsored the debate with our students. Azhar Hussain and Priyanka Suri, seniors at CSHS, each debated with one member of the British National Team over the question of whether the United States should commit ground troops in the fight against ISIS.

Roughly 300 audience members attended the debate, which was held in conjunction with this year’s Dragon Faire debate tournament.

Mr. Jason Sykes, Director of Debate for Carroll ISD, said, “I am tremendously proud of our students and the effort of all our parents and coaches to bring the British team to the district, and I look forward to working to share similar public discussions with our community.”

Additional information about the tour may be found here:

Dragon Debate Celebrates Big Win, Prepares for Weekend Competition

The first National Debate Tournament of the season was held at Grapevine High School and Senior, Daniella Cohen took home the top honors in Congressional Debate.  Daniella received an automatic bid to the Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky and has also qualified for the Texas State Tournament in Houston.

Also placing and receiving bids in Congressional Debate were Seniors, Nyle Hussain,  Will Cook, and Kevin O’Brien; along with Junior, Azhar Hussain.

Seniors Davis Samuel and Jake Pannell qualified for the Tournament of Champions in Individual Events by placing 4th in Duo Interpretation.  Their tournament will be held in Minnesota. Senior Kevin O’Brien took 3rd place in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking.

The team competes at Parish Episcopal School of Dallas Sept. 20-21. Organizers offer competition in PF Debate, Congressional Debate, and 10 individual events.

Dragon Debate is sponsored Linda “Diane” Forbes, Speech and Debate Coach at Carroll Senior High School. To read more about the Debate Team’s early season winnings, click here.


Dragon Debate Opens Season with Top Scores

Forty four schools from across the state met at Plano Sr. High for the first State Qualifying Tournament of the season.

The Dragon Debate Team upheld the winning tradition with great pride!  Senior, Davis Samuel, qualified for the National Individual Tournament of Champions in Dramatic Interpretation.

Receiving points toward the state meet were:

  • Djorn Patel – Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate – Top 8
  • Emma Lin – Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate – Top 16 
  • Kevin O’Brien – 1st in Congressional Debate 
  • Daniella Cohen – 2nd in Congressional Debate 
  • Ali Prasla – 3rd in Congressional Debate 
  • Hampton Sella – 9th in Congressional Debate 
  • Priyanka Suri – 10th in Congressional Debate 
  • Will Cook – 4th in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking 
  • Azhair Hussain – 5th in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Sam Bonham and Priyanka Reddy placed in the top 16 out of 60

Dragons brought home the 4th place sweepstakes award.

The team will compete this weekend at a national tournament, hosted by Grapevine High School.

Dragons Headed to Tournament of Champions Debate

Three Carroll Dragon students will spend the coming months preparing for the prestigious Tournament of Champions next spring. Students Ali Prasla, Daniella Cohen and Megan Schippmann earned bids to the tournament after a successful competition over the Thanksgiving break. Schippman, placed twelfth overall. The Carroll senior also wrote the legislation that was submitted for debate by Carroll and was voted best legislation in the tournament.

The students traveled to Chicago for The Glenbrooks Debate Tournament held the weekend of Nov. 17. With more than 230 schools competing, the event is one of the largest high school tournaments in the country.

The Dragons next event is scheduled for Nov. 30- Dec. 1 at the University of Texas for the Texas Forensic Association competition.