AWSDC 2017

ISDS at Asia World Schools Debating Championships (AWSDC) 2017, Thailand, Bangkok

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Result


ISDS 1 (Team India at WSDC 2017) entered the Octo-finals breaking 10th. They lost the Octo-finals against South Africa A Green on a split 2-1 decision.

ISDS 2 (the Development squad) bowed out with 3 wins out of 6 and an inspiring performance.

Debaters


There were two teams representing the Indian Schools Debating Society (ISDS).

ISDS 1, which also participated in the World Schools Debating Championship 2017, consisted of:

Chaitanya Kediyal
Chaitanya Kediyal is pursuing a degree in law at Oxford University. He was among the 40 top speakers in the open category at AWSDC 2016 and the 15th best ESL speaker at WSDC 2017.

Dhananjay Ashok
Dhananjay is in his 12th grade at The International School, Bangalore, studying Science. He was part of Team India at WSDC 2016, in Stuttgart, Germany, where he was named the 22nd best speaker in the Open category and the 3rd best ESL speaker, and at WSDC 2017, in Bali, Indonesia, where he was named the 9th best speaker in the Open category and the 2nd best ESL speaker.

Hemanth Chakravarthy
Hemanth represented India at WSDC 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2017, he was ranked the 8th best ESL speaker in the world.

Karthik Tadepalli
Karthik has just completed his 12th grade at the National Public School, Indiranagar, Bangalore, and is currently at the University of Pennsylvania. He was part of Team India at WSDC 2016, in Stuttgart, Germany, where he was ranked the 14th best ESL speaker, and at WSDC 2017 in Bali, Indonesia, where he was ranked the 7th best ESL speaker in the world.

Tejas Subramaniam
Tejas, the youngest member on the team, is currently in his 10th grade at the PSBB School, K.K. Nagar, Chennai. He was a part of the ISDS team that won the International Competition for Young Debaters, 2017, where he was ranked the best speaker in the Open category, and of Team India at WSDC 2017, in Bali, Indonesia.

 

ISDS 2 consisted of:

Aatmik Gupta
Aatmik is in his 12th grade at the Modern School, New Delhi, studying Science. He was a part of Team India at WSDC 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany, and was a part of the Development Team representing ISDS at AWSDC 2017

Callistine Jude Lewis
Callistine is in his 10th grade, at Kendriya Vidyalaya in Cochin. He was a part of the Development Team representing ISDS at AWSDC 2017.

Harsith Ravichandran
Harsith is currently in his 10th grade, at the PSBB School, K.K. Nagar, Chennai. He was a part of the ISDS team that won the International Competition for Young Debaters, 2017, where he was ranked the 2nd best speaker. He was also part of the Development Team representing ISDS at AWSDC 2017.

Neha Dadke
Neha is currently in her 11th grade, at Vikas – The Concept School in Hyderabad. She was part of the Development Team representing ISDS at AWSDC 2017

Yastika Guru
Yastika is currently in her 10th grade at the Sanskriti School in Delhi. She was part of the Development Team representing ISDS at AWSDC 2017.

Coaches


Amrithavarshini Venkatesh

Amrithavarshni completed her Integrated Masters in Development at IIT, Madras and has gone to work at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, Mumbai. She was part of Team India in WSDC 2012 in Cape Town, where she finished as the 4th best English as a Second Language Speaker. She also debated as part of Team India in WSDC 2008 at Washington D.C.

Her debating career continued at university. Her record includes a victory at Stella Maris College Parliamentary Debate in 2014 and a finals appearance at the NALSAR Intervarsity Debating Championship, 2013. Moreoever, she served on the Chief Adjudication Panel of The IIT Bombay Debate in 2015, the NALSAR Intervarsity Debating Championship in 2015, the Scholastica International Parliamentary Debate in Bangladesh in 2016, and the Manipal Institute of Technology Debate Tournament in 2016.

Amrithavarshini coached the Indian WSDC team in 2014, 2015 and 2017. In 2015, the team broke 15th and made the octofinal, while the 2017 team made it to the quarterfinals and became the best performing team in Team India’s history. Amrithavarshini also coached the team from India that won the 2016 Asia World Schools Debating Championship.

 

Dhruva Bhat

Dhruva graduated with a degree in Economics from Harvard University, and will now be attending the University of Oxford for a Masters in Development Studies, as one of the few Indians selected for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. He was a part of Team India at WSDC 2011, 2012, and 2013, finishing as the 6th best ESL speaker the latter two times, and being named the 38th best speaker in the Open category at WSDC 2013.

Since then, Dhruva has had an illustrious debating career at university. He has broken thrice at the World Universities Debating Championship, and, in 2017, was named the seventh best speaker in the open category. He has also won the Yale Intervarsity Parliamentary Debate Tournament and the HWS Intervarsity debating tournament, and has been in the finals of the Oxford IV and the United States Universities Debating Championship, in addition to being named among the top ten best speakers at multiple debate tournaments throughout his debating career. His other achievements include serving as the President of the Harvard College Debating Union in 2015, breaking as a judge at the European Universities Debating Championship in 2016, being named the second best adjudicator at AWSDC 2016, and serving on the Chief Adjudication Panel of the NALSAR Intervarsity Debating Tournament in 2017. He adjudicated for the Indian team at AWSDC 2016, and coached Team India at WSDC 2017.

 

Arjun Vignesh

Arjun recently gained a degree in biotechnology from the Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore. He will be pursuing a degree in Healthcare Policy at Johns Hopkins University. He was a part of Team India at WSDC 2013. He has since had an active debate career at university, serving as President of the VIT Debating Society in 2014. He has achieved commendable results in several tournaments, winning the Christ University Parliamentary Debate in 2014, making the semi-finals of the NALSAR IV in 2015 and finals of the NALSAR IV in 2016, and breaking to the octofinals at Malaysia Debates Open in 2016. He broke as an adjudicator in AWSDC and served on the Chief Adjudication Panel of the Assumption Thailand Debate Open. He coached the ISDS Development Squad at AWSDC 2017.

Adjudicators


Padmapriya Govindarajan

Padma recently graduated with an Integrated Masters in Development Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and will start pursuing a China Studies program from the Peking University this fall, as a recipient of the prestigious Yenching Scholarship. She also served as a correspondent for The Diplomat. She was ranked the 18th best ESL speaker in the world at WSDC 2012 as part of Team India; she was also a part of Team India at WSDC 2009 in Athens, Greece, and a part of the team representing ISDS at the Russell McVeagh International Schools Debating Tour in New Zealand.

She has continued to pursue her love for debate, becoming a convenor of the Oratory Club at IIT Madras in 2013-14 and 2014-15. In addition, she has debated at several high profile tournaments, winning at SMCPD in 2013 and 2014, and appearing in the final at NALSAR IV 2013. She adjudicated at WSDC 2014 for Team India, and at AWSDC 2017 for the team representing the Indian Schools Debating Society.

 

Varun Baliga

Until recently, Varun studied at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law, and he currently works at Luthra & Luthra Law Offices. At university, he had an avid debating career, making the quarterfinals and being named the 3rd best speaker at Hong Kong Debates Open, making the quarterfinals of UADC 2016, and the octofinals of Malaysia Debates Open 2017. Additionally, he was the 3rd Best Speaker at the M.S. Ramaiah Memorial Parliamentary Debate in 2014 and 2015, a semifinalist and the 9th Best Speaker at the NUJS Parliamentary Debate in 2016.


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