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Debate Wins Fourth Consecutive State Championship

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Seniors Mona Mahadevan and Malachi Robinson won their fourth consecutive Georgia State Debate Championship February 22-23.

Hosted by Valdosta High School, the Georgia Forensic Coaches Association (GFCA) State Championships include public and private schools from all Georgia High School Association classification levels. Teams must qualify for entry by reaching the semifinals of at least one regular season invitational tournament.

Woodward has won six of the nine Georgia State Debate Championships since the GFCA took over its administration and created a unified state tournament. Prior to the 2010-2011 season, the GHSA administered separate state debate tournaments for schools in each classification level.

Mona and Malachi also were the top two individual speakers at this year's tournament, winning first and second place, respectively, with junior Nishita Ghanate earning fourth.

Earlier in February, Woodward also won the First Year State Championship. Two ninth-grade teams, Jack Hightower and Mace Hood and Elizabeth Li and Ria Thakur, closed out the final round by winning their semifinal debates. All four debaters also earned individual speaker awards.

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