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High school debate team captured awards at Ridge Invitational

BRHS students showcase their awards won at the Ridge Invitational. (Nandini Kuppachi)

The Bridgewater-Raritan High School Speech and Debate Team won many awards while competing in their respective categories at Basking Ridge High School in the Ridge Invitational on January 27.

The awards consisted of Abhijay Edavalapati, Veda Viswanath and Roshan Dave winning first, fifth and sixth place respectively in Varsity Congress. Ridhi Pothu won 3rd place in Informative Speaking. In Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Sophia Liu won second place and Ovia Dushyanthan won sixth.

In Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Saanvi Goel won sixth place. In Novice Public-Forum Debate, Om Shah and Rithvik Krish won second place, Esha Bande and Gayatri Krishnan won sixth. In Junior Varsity Public Forum Debate, Ayushmaan Mukherjee and Saraansh Rawat won sixth place.

This was one of the first competitions for the debate team and success has shown the growth in the team’s performances. 

BRHS Speech and Debate members celebrate their big wins at the Ridge Invitational. (Nandini Kuppachi)


Abhijay Edavalapati, varsity captain of the club, had a few words to say regarding this competition for the forensics team. 

“The Ridge Invitational provided an opportunity to assess the effectiveness of our strategies and identify areas for improvement moving forward. Reflecting on our performance, we recognize the need to further refine our argumentation techniques and enhance our strategic adaptability,” he said. “Additionally, we aim to diversify our preparation methods to ensure we’re able to tackle a broader range of topics.”

Edavalapati went on to explain the team’s accomplishments.

“We’re proud to have consistently secured sweepstakes awards at various tournaments, with our most recent accomplishment being second place at the Ridge Invitational,” he said.

The next competition for the debate team will take place on Saturday, February 24, at Montville High School.

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Nandini Kuppachi
Nandini Kuppachi, Arts Editor
Nandini Kuppachi is a sophomore at BRHS whose school newspaper writing started in seventh grade when she first recognized her interest in writing international-related news articles. However, as a new writer for the amazingly informative and prevalent BRHS Prowler, Nandini has made it a point to write more about underappreciated news around the school. As a new writer and now Arts Editor for the newspaper, she cannot wait to explore what The Prowler has in store and write many more articles in the future. Nandini is really grateful for the opportunity to write for the school to read!
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Agastya Shahane has many passions, and writing is definitely one of them. He loves the feeling of finishing an article and seeing how all the words he has written flow together. Other than that, he enjoys playing his instrument as well as just relaxing. He thanks you for reading his articles!
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