Achievments

The OPRF Debate  Team is considered one of the best in the State of Illinois.  We consistently rank high in state wide competitions both at the novice and JV levels.

We are proud of our debaters and recognize their achievments on this page.




2011 - 2012 Academic Year

With Coach David Gobberdiel, the "seniors" debate team of Nathan Rothenbaum and Noah Cramer had a truly fantastic year (see OPRF Debate Team Record below). The team competed locally and nationally taking 6 TOC bids and the NFL bid.

They were "Champions" at the Homewood-Flossmoor tournament and "Tournament Co-Champions" at the CPS California Round Robin which was open to the top 12 teams attending the Berkeley tournament. 

They reached quarterfinals at the IHSA tournament in Bloomington, IL and went 4-1 at the National Forensics League District Qualifiers in Downers Grove, IL which got them a bid to the NFL (National Forensic League Nationals) to be held in Indianapolis, IN in June.

The team competed, by invitation, at the most prestigious debate tournament in the country, the Tournament of Champions (TOC) which was held in Lexington, Kentucky in April.   Ranking 25th amongst 74 teams at entry, they went 5-2 at prelims which made the cut for the elimination rounds.  They won at octos and finished at quarters placing them amongst the top 8 teams in the nation.  Nathan was selected 9th best Speaker.  This was the "best" finish at the TOC for OPRF H.S. in over 20 years.

Nathan and Noah made it to the elimination rounds in 12 of the 16 tournaments in which they debated. They were Champions once, Co-Champions once, reached semi-finals once, reached quarter finals three times, and reached octo finals six times.  Nathan was selected amongst the top 25 speakers in 10 of his 16 debate tournaments!  Noah was selected amongst the top 25 speakers in 4 of his 16 debate tournaments!

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OPRF High School's debate team deserves a little recognition
Making their case
Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 10:00 PM
By John Rice
Contributing Reporter

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Four OPRFHS Students Named Academic All
Americans and Advanced Degrees in National
Forensic League Honor Society
Oak Park Illinois] - May 24, 2012

Nathan Rothenbaum and Noah Cramer from Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois have been named a National Forensic League (NFL) Academic All American in recognition of debate excellence and academic success. NFL students may be nominated for this prestigious award if they have a GPA of 3.7/4.0 or higher, and an ACT score of 27+ or an SAT score of 2000+. Academic All Americans must hold an NFL degree of Superior Distinction or higher, reflecting the attainment of 750 or more degree points earned through competition or service. Finally, they must demonstrate outstanding character and leadership.

Noah Cramer and Nathan Rothenbaum from Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois have also earned the National Forensic League's degree of Outstanding Distinction in recognition of sustained excellence in debate activities. Quad Ruby is the 7th degree in the NFL and represents the attainment of 1000-1499 merit points. Students may earn points toward advanced degrees by participating in six separate categories: speech, debate, congress, service, district and national. Noah Cramer and Nathan Rothenbaum have earned their points in Policy Debate.

Congratulations Nathan and Noah!!


Noah Cramer (left), Nathan Rothenbaum (Center), Coach David Gobberdiel (Right)

Holding their shared Quarter Final Trophy and Nathan's 9th Speaker Award at the TOC

Nathan will be attending and debating at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX

Noah will be attending and debating at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH



2010 - 2011 Academic Year

With our two new coaches, Jeff Metz and David Gobberdiel, we are looking forward to an exciting year.


2009 - 2010 Academic Year

The OPRF Debate Team scored major successes this year. The team competed locally at New Trier,  Evanston,  Glenbrooks,  Homewood-Flossmoor,  Lane Tech, and Morgan Park.  Nationally, the team competed at UC-Berkeley,  St. Mark's in Dallas,  Blake in Minneapolis,  Marquette in Milwaukee,  Iowa Caucus,  and the University of Michigan. 

Securing winning records at 3 select tournaments,  the team competed, by invitation, at the most prestigious debate tournament in the country, the Tournament of Champions (TOC).  The TOC was held in Lexington,  Kentucky in May.  Our team was winning when we drew a round against the top-ranked school in the country and advanced no further.  But OPRF was ranked 20th in the country at the TOC,  and hopes are high for an even higher ranking next year. 

Our tireless coach of six years, David Song, has moved on to a full-time position managing the debate program for the entire Chicago Public School system, and our team is working with the administration to try and fill his shoes. Congratulations,  OPRF Debaters!


2008 - 2009 Academic Year

Congratulations to the OPRF Debate Team on its continued success. For the second straight year, sophomores James Hanley and Will Hardwicke were the champions of the Glenbrooks debate tournament, the nation’s largest, this time in the JV division. They also won the JV championship at Marquette University High School and were in the top 5 teams in the St. Mark’s Sophomore Hoe-Down. Maranna Yoder was named 8th-best speaker and had a stand-out 7-3 record against tough competition from around the nation.

The successes continued for the team’s Varsity as well. At the New Trier Varsity tournament, Hanley and Hardwicke were among the top 9 teams and Hanley was among the top 20 Varsity speakers. Seniors Vincent Bauer and Peter Sadowski were among the top 17 teams.

At the Iowa Caucus tournament, Bauer and Sadowski were among the top 9 teams and seniors Brendan Burke and Elliot Stoller proved they are one of the top teams in the Midwest with a 5-1 record and 5th place finish. At the Dowling Catholic tournament, Bauer and Sadowski were among the top 17 teams in Varsity and Burke and Stoller tied for 5th, achieving 5-2 records at some of the nation’s toughest Varsity tournaments.


OPRF Debate Team Record

 

2011-2012:

  • Valley (West Des Moines, IA - September 23 - 25, 2011)
    Prelims:6-0
    Elims 1-1 (lost octos)
    Speaker Awards: Nathan 2nd, Noah 14th
  • New Trier (Winnetka, IL - October 22 - 24, 2011)
    Prelims: 5-1
    Elims 1-1 (lost octos)
    Speaker Awards: None
  • Iowa Caucus (Cedar Rapids, IA - October 28 - 30, 2011)
    Prelims 6-0
    Elims 3-1 (lost semis) *TOC bid*
    Speaker Awards: Nathan 4th
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI - November 4 - 6, 2011)
    Prelims 5-2
    Elims 1-1 (lost octos) *TOC bid*
    Speaker Awards: none
  • The Glenbrooks (Glenview, IL - November 19 - 21, 2011)
    Prelims 5-2
    Speaker Awards: None
  • Dowling Catholic (West Des Moines, IA - December 9, 2011)
    Prelims: 4-2
    Elims 1-1 (lost octos)
    Speaker Awards: Nathan 14th, Noah 24th
  • The Blake School (Minneapolis, MN - December 18 - 20, 2011)
    Prelims: 6-1
    Elims: 2-1 (lost quarters) *TOC bid*
    Speaker Awards: Nathan 12th, Noah 13th
  • Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, TN - January 7 - 9, 2012)
    Prelims: 4-2
    Speaker Awards: Nathan 24th
  • The Barkley Forum at Emory University (Atlanta, GA - January 27 - 29, 2012)
    Prelims: 5-1
    Elims: 1-1 (lost octos) *TOC bid*
    Speaker Awards: Nathan 24th
  • CPS California Round Robin (open to the top 12 teams attending the Berkeley
    tournament) (Oakland, CA - February 16 - 17, 2012)

    Prelims: 6-4
    Elims: 1-1 *Tournament Co-Champions*
  • University of California--Berkeley (Berkeley, CA - February 18 -20, 2012)
    Prelims: 5-1
    Elims: 2-1 (lost octos) *TOC bid*
    Speaker Awards: Nathan 9th
  • Homewood-Flossmoor (Homewood, IL - February 24, 2012)
    Prelims 5-1
    Elims 5-0 *tournament champions* *TOC bid*
    Speaker Awards: Nathan: 2nd, Noah: 13th
  • National Forensics League District Qualifiers (Downers Grove, IL - March 3, 2012)
    Record: 4-1 *qualified to National Forensics League (NFL) Nationals* (1 of only 3 High Schools in Illinois had qualified)
  • Illinois High School Association State Championships (Bloomington, IL - March 15-17, 2012 )
    Prelims: 4-0-1
    Elims: 0-1 (lost quarterfinals)
    Speaker Awards: Nathan 6th
  • Tournament of Champions (most prestigious National Championship Tournament) (Lexington, KY - April 28-30, 2012)
    Prelims: 5-2
    Elims: 1-1 (lost quarterfinals) *Top 8 teams in nation*
    Speaker Awards: Nathan 9th
  • National Forensic League Nationals (Indianapolis, IN - June 11-15, 2012)
    Prelims: 3-3
    Elims: 1-2


2008-2009:

  • Semifinals at Woodward Junior Varsity National Championships
  • Winning record at the NDCA National Championships
  • Second-place at ISTA Junior Varsity States (perfect 5-0 preliminary record)
  • Three teams with winning record at IHSA Varsity State (3 of top 12, more than any other Illinois school)
  • #3 speaker at ISTA Junior Varsity States
  • Junior Varsity Champions at Glenbrooks (largest tournament in the country)
  • Junior Varsity Champions at Marquette University High School
  • Varsity Champions at Evanston Township
  • Two teams in quarterfinals at Maine East and three in octofinals (the most teams in the tournament of any school)
  • Two teams in semifinals (one in finals) at Lane Tech Varsity (most in the tournament of any school)
  • Elimination rounds at Harvard University (perhaps the most prestigious tournament in the nation)
  • Elimination rounds at New Trier (two teams, including one in octofinals)
  • Elimination rounds at Marquette University in Varsity
  • Quarterfinals at Iowa Caucus and Dowling Catholic
  • Novice elimination rounds at Homewood-Flossmoor
  • Speaker awards at Evanston Township


2007-2008:

  • Quarterfinals at IHSA Varsity States
  • IHSA All-State Varsity Debater (Jonathan Libgober, now at University of Chicago)
  • Qualified two teams for NFL Nationals
  • Qualified for Tournament of Champions at University of Kentucky (open only to the top 70 teams in the country)
  • Two teams with winning record at the NDCA National Championships
  • Won five Tournament Championships (more than any other Chicago-area school):
    • Champions in Varsity at Dowling Catholic tournament in Iowa
    • Champions in Varsity at East Grand Rapids High School in Michigan
    • Champions in Novice at Glenbrooks (largest tournament in the country)
    • Champions in Novice at the Thomas Kelly tournament (Chicago)
  • Semifinals in Novice at the University of Michigan
  • Quarterfinals in Novice at Dowling Catholic
  • Quarterfinals in Novice at Maine East
  • Elimination rounds at Marquette University in Varsity

2006-2007:

  • Quarterfinals at IHSA Varsity States
  • IHSA All-State Varsity Debater (Mary Gregg, now a successful debater at Northwestern University)
  • Semifinals at ISTA JV States
  • Qualified for NFL Nationals
  • Elimination rounds at NFL Nationals
  • Qualified for Tournament of Champions at University of Kentucky ( open only to the top 70 teams in the country)
  • Semifinals at Iowa Caucus Debate Tournament
  • Semifinals at the Valley Mid-America Cup
  • Quarterfinals at Maine East
  • Octofinals at New Trier
  • Novice Semifinals at Dowling and Evanston
  • #1 Novice Speaker at Evanston and Glenbrook South scrimmage
  • #1 Speaker in Varsity at Evanston




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