Third consecutive debate victory for Woodward
L to R: Alanna Pearson, Arjun Srinivasan, Malachi Robinson, & Mona Mahadevan.
In a policy debate competition, juniors Mona Mahadevan and Malachi Robinson and seniors Alanna Pearson and Arjun Srinivasan earned the 2018 state title for Woodward Academy. This was Woodward’s third consecutive Georgia State Debate Championship win. After achieving 5-0 and 4-1 records in this year’s preliminary rounds, Woodward’s two teams advanced to the elimination rounds as the tournament’s first and second seeds. In the quarterfinals, Mahadevan and Robinson defeated Westminster while Pearson and Srinivasan defeated Chattahoochee. In the semifinals, Mahadevan and Robinson defeated Chattahoochee while Pearson and Srinivasan defeated Pace Academy. By winning both semifinals rounds, Woodward “closed out” the finals to finish first and second in the state for the second year in a row. Individually, all four Woodward debaters also earned top speaker awards: Mahadevan placed sixth, Pearson fourth, Robinson second, and Srinivasan was the tournament’s top speaker.
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"Indian-American Students Excel in Woodward Academy’s Debate Team"
Several Indian-American students who were part of the Woodward Academy’s debate team came out with flying colors during the team’s visit to Miami for the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Invitational, held in December 2017.
Mona Mahadevan '19 with her Varsity team-mate Malachi Robinson '19 swept into first place, vanquishing teams from other states. Arjun Srinivasan ’18, with teammate Alanna Pearson ’18, came in at third place. The Novice Team of Praval Kandimalla '21 and Sachi Reddy '21 took away the first prize at the end of the preliminary debates and moved to the finals. Sachi Reddy ’21 also garnered first prize as Novice Speaker.
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