East High takes second at State Debate

Lincoln East High School placed second in the State Debate and Congress Championships, held March 23-24 at Lincoln Southwest High School. It's the third year in a row the Spartans have finished second. 

East debaters were among several from Lincoln Public Schools who brought home hardware. Here's the full list, broken down by school:


Team: Second place

Jesse Lin and Hunter Guru: First place, Policy

Jesse Lin: First-place speaker, Policy

Hunter Guru: Second-place speaker, Policy 

Ritsa Giannakas: First place, Congress 

Morgan Valley: Fourth place, Student Congress

Snigdha Jangala: Representative in Super Congress

Sasha Belashchenko: Quarterfinalist, Lincoln Douglas 

Jennifer Wang: Quarterfinalist and sixth-place speaker, Lincoln Douglas 

Assistant Coach Rachel Stevens was awarded the Socrates Coaching Award for outstanding contribution to the community

Lincoln High 

Team: Fourth place

Keith Tran, Salman Djeguenabaye, Luke Moberly and Madeline Walker: Qaurterfinalists, Public Forum

Salman Djeguenabaye: Fifth-place speaker, Public Forum

Lexus Root and Esme Krohn: Semifinalists, Policy

Lexus Root: Fourth-place speaker, Policy

Jesse Nguyen: Semifinalist and top speaker in Lincoln Douglas 

Juliana Quatrrocchi: Representetive in Super Congress

Jesse Nguyen was awarded a Socrates Award for his outstanding work as a competitor and community member. 


Sam Spethman and Kynsli Dohrman: Octofinalists, Public Forum

Aaron Haake: Octofinalist, Lincoln Douglas

Dan Nguyen: Quarterfinalist, Lincoln Douglas 

Anna Synya and Prema Vasudevan: Representatives in Super Congress 

North Star 

Azza Elhaj and Nibras Khudaida: Quarterfinalists, Public Forum

Layla Omari and Mesoun Hassan: Representatives in Super Congress


Samuel Province: Sixth place in Super Congress

Aaron Bolton and Ariana Leybold: Representatives in Super Congress

Published: April 2, 2018, Updated: April 2, 2018