By Alex Hunter.
Midway through the third quarter, sophomores and freshman from Jen Faber’s, Brain Wabler’s, and Katie Swinford’s classes had been preparing and participating in the Seven Hills annual Tournament of Greatness.
In addition, each round consisted of a different format. The opening round debates were primarily to learn about each leader and the debate was focused around the question of “what is greatness, and why is your leader great?” Each student participating in the debate received time for a three minute opening and then a shared six minute rebuttal period. In the second round, the focus addressed the question of, “ What is your legacy, and why does it make you great?” In the third round, students had to defend and attack their opponent by answering the question of, “What might people view as the case against your candidacy, and how would you refute it?” Fourth round debates allowed questions from the jury, or fellow classmates who had been eliminated in previous rounds. Finally, the overall finals consisted of a sophomore and a freshman who were the greatest leaders amongst their respective grades. The final debate was held at lunch on Tuesday, May 21 and its format allowed each student to give an opening statement and then respond to audience questions.
Throughout the tournament, students were able to showcase their debating skills and knowledge of their leader. The tournament was filled with great bracket upsets and some hilarious debates, such as the debate between Jules Baretta (10) who represented Robespierre and Srishti Kapur (10) who represented Osama Bin Laden.
However, after each grade had finished the majority of the rounds, the class debates occurred. For the sophomores, Jeff Dedeker (10) who represented Martin Luther debated Mollie Rouan (10) who assumed the role of Napoleon. After a great debate, Rouan prevailed and was the victor of the sophomore class. For the freshman, the semifinal was between the victor of Mr. Wabler’s class, Camille Williams (9) who assumed the role of Mansa Musa, and the victor of Mrs. Swinford’s class, Kaylan Young (9) who represented Wen Di. After the freshman finals, Young advanced and the finals were set between Rouan, whose leader was Napoleon and Young, whose leader was Wen Di. After the heated final, Rouan emerged as the clear victor and Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned the “greatest leader of all time.” When asked about being the greatest leader, Rouan said, “It’s fab.”