HAFTR High School held its second in a series of debate tournaments under the auspices of the National Speech & Debate Association on Wednesday, December 14. It was a lively debate, attended by students from four Five Towns Yeshiva high schools—DRS, HAFTR, Rambam and SKA—as well as Chaminade Catholic High School and two public schools, Half Hollow Hills and Syosset.
This tournament is part of a series of tournaments in memory of Ark Rivkin, who was a great technologist and innovator both in his native Uzbekistan and here in the United States. His brilliance was radiating from the 39 students that participated in the tournament. The Lincoln-Douglas (one-on-one) debaters argued whether Qualified Immunity should be limited for police officers, while the Public Forum (two-on-two) debaters clashed on whether Probable Cause should apply to searches of students.
In Public Forum, the following students were recognized for carrying a 3-0 record: Isabel Kaufmen & Lanie Kappel (Half Hollow Hills), Elizabeth Ruggiero & Hersh Ved (Syosset), Justin Moskowitz & Elliott Ottensoser (HAFTR), David Lederer & Jonathan Lederer (HAFTR).
In Lincoln-Douglas, Nik Likos (Half Hollow Hills) was the sole debater with a 3-0 record, while the following students were recognized for a 2-1 record: David Stekol (Syosset), John O’Hare (Chaminade), Michael Samaritano (Chaminade), Ethan Winkler (HAFTR), and Miriam Kopyto (HAFTR). Recognized students are pictured along with Mr. Alex Libkind, coach of the HAFTR Debate Team, which hosted the tournament.
The next Ark Rivkin Memorial Tournament is on January 4, 2017, with whole new topics and more teams participating.