Blake Debate goes abroad

Ellie Grossman ’17 member of 2016-17 National Debate Team


Ellie Grossman

Ellie Grossman ‘17 and three teammates at the Greenhill Tournament in Texas Sept. 17, coming in second place to Harvard Westlake

It seems as though Blake Debate is constantly bringing home new trophies and accolades due to the exceptional work of its team members and coaches; now, though, Blake Debate is going abroad.

Ellie Grossman ‘17 has been named one of the 9 members of the 2016 National Debate Team. Grossman applied for the team along with an estimated 300 students from around the country.  Through interviews, recorded videos, and impromptu speeches, Grossman was named a finalist with 19 other students before being selected as one of six new team members along with three returnees. Grossman reflects upon the entire process, explaining, “I was terrified.”

It clearly paid off, though, as Grossman is already loving the National Debate Team. She is looking forward to tournaments at home in  Texas and California as well as tournaments in Germany, Croatia, and Indonesia.

Shane Stafford and Sandra Berkowitz, head and assistant coach of Blake Debate, respectively, are also new to the USA Debate Team as coaches.