2008-2009 Season Wrap-up
The Taft Debate Team at the Allstate Conference A championships
10/4/08 Tournament #1
John Hope Prep H.S.
We made a
great reentry to the A Conference, with our biggest group in years.
One JV speaker received a 5th place speaker medal and two of our
Varsity debaters were highly ranked. One of our JV teams won second
place, losing first by only half a speaker point.
Fri & Sat.
10/31-11/1/08 Tournament #2
Von Steuben H.S.
A rocky start was brightened by a big JV speaker
award and our capture of the JV Tournament Championship. Our
Varsity continued to make progress and shows promise for the big
& Sat. 12/12-13/08 Mid-Season Classic #3
University - Lincoln Park
planners made many mistakes and playoffs could not be held. It took
several days to find out that we captured the JV Tournament Championship
by placing first. We also had a team finish in 6th place and qualify
for the city tourney. Our Varsity team had a rough tournament and
were unable to make progress.
& Sat. 1/9-10/09 Tournament #4
Farragut Career Academy
A smaller group made their way down to this event. We
had three speaker awards, which is a record for our team. One
debater was able to land the top speaker award in JV. Many of
our teams came close to qualifying, but one JV team did make it to
& Sat. 2/15-16/09 Allstate Conf. A Championship #5
Kenwood Academy H.S.
We set several team records at this event. It was
definitely the best showing by Taft in many years. We were able to
come away with one Varsity speaker award and three big awards at the
JV level. Teammates were able to high five each other on the way up
to the medal stand. Both of our JV teams made it to the playoffs.
Both teams were undefeated and were seeded #1 and #2 in the
playoffs, with one team going all the way to final debate.
One Varsity team was a quarter-finalist. Our chances at the city
championships seem very good, if we continue to work hard at
& Sat. 3/27-28/09 City Championships #6
Chicago Vocational Career Academy
successful showing at the city championships, where we always seem
to surprise everyone. This tourney is by invitation and only
includes the best of the best. We doubled last year's participation
at this event by bring four teams. We were proud to have both
Varsity and JV teams make it to the Octo-finals. We took down some
very competitive and highly ranked teams. Our JV Octo-finalists were
undefeated and a third seed. They were, by far, the best seeded team
from our conference at the tourney. We also walked away with a JV
Speaker Award. We will be a quiet force to be reckoned with next