Razvi bettered his effort of finishing second in last year’s state meet, by earning the top spot among all 5A competitors this year.
AMCHS students Razvi, Elizabeth Palazzolo, and Caroline Coopersmith swept the regional meet by placing first, second and third, respectively, to all advance to state.
Palazzolo and Coopersmith advanced to the state finals, which includes the top 18 students, but not place.
Congressional Debate is an individual contest in a large group setting. It models the legislative process of democracy, specifically, the United States Congress. Within this mock legislative assembly competition, contestants draft legislation submitted to the tournament, and they research the docket of bills and resolutions dealing with real-world social and political policies prior to the contest to prepare their speeches.
At the tournament, students caucus in committees, deliver formal discourse on the merits and disadvantages of each piece of legislation, and vote to pass or defeat the measures they have examined. Parliamentary procedure forms structure for the discourse, and students extemporaneously respond to arguments over the course of a session.