Team India at World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) 2017, Bali, Indonesia
Team India broke 4th at WSDC 2017, on 7 out of 8 wins, and made it upto the quarterfinals, where they lost to Singapore on a close 3-2 split. Dhananjay Ashok was ranked the 9th best debater in the Open category, the first time an Indian debater has made the open top 10, and was named the 2nd best ESL speaker. Karthik Tadepalli and Hemanth Chakravarthy were ranked the 7th and 8th best ESL speakers respectively, while Chaitanya Kediyal also made the top 20 ESL speakers.
This was the best performance Team India has ever had at WSDC, with the highest break ever, the first time the team has made the quarterfinal, and the first time it has had a speaker make the open top 10.
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 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 represented India at WSDC 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2017, he was ranked the 8th best ESL speaker in the world.
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, 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.
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 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 6th best ESL speaker the latter two times, and being named the 38th best speaker in the world at the 2013 WSDC.
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.
The team was mentored by Sayeqa Islam.
Ronan is currently pursuing a degree in History at University College London. He debated for Team England at WSDC 2015, where he finished as the 9th best debater in the Open category, and for Dulwich College, winning the International Competition for Young Debaters, and the Cambridge Schools Debating Championship in 2015. He has also debated in the university circuit, breaking at the LSE Open 2016 and winning the Paris Open 2017. He also co-coaches the prestigious Dulwich College in debating. Ronan was the team manager and adjudicator of Team India in 2017.