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Georgia teen and teammate bring National Debate Tournament trophy to Harvard after 26 years

Hemanth Sanjeev (left) and David J. Herman of the Harvard Debate Council.

Atlanta, GA: Debating stars Hemanth Sanjeev and David J. Herman of the Harvard Debate Council defeated University of Kansas at the 2016 National Debate Tournament that took place earlier this month at Binghamton University, New York.

The duo brought the trophy to Harvard for the first time in 26 years, reports The Harvard Crimson. Though Harvard usually attends the tournament and made it to the final four for the last three years, their team hadn’t won the national championship since 1990.

“We have had some extremely talented teams over the past quarter-century, but none better than Hemanth and David,” said coach Dallas G. Perkins through a press release. “A lot goes into winning the tournament: long and careful preparation, countless hours of practice, and a bit of luck,”

The team’s run through the tournament included wins over a Michigan State University team, the United States Military Academy in the round of 16,Georgetown University in the elite eight, the top Michigan State University team in the final four, and finally the University of Kansas in the championship round.

Sanjeev is from Macon, GA and graduated from Stratford Academy in 2014.

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