Congratulations again to everyone on another incredible weekend at Harvard! As always, your teamwork was the story of the tournament. Watching you help each other prep, scout rounds, research blocks, and otherwise provide encouragement even if you were out of the tournament personally is the “root cause” of our success and the reason we saw an incredible 70% of our team come home with a trophy this weekend. Stellar work, everyone! We win as a team.
Yesterday’s big story was a near undefeated run by Annie and Bonnie, who lost a close 2-1 decision in finals to win Second Place out of a staggering 283 teams! They were almost joined in finals by an equally undefeated Jason and Ken, who went out in semis to the eventual champion — and came home with the Third Speaker (Jason) and Fifth Speaker (Ken) awards. An additionally huge congrats to Arianna and Yoll, who set the new Harvard record for a team from China for finishing in the top 8, as well as to Vivian and Xiao Bo for finishing in the top 16, and Owen and Nikki for finishing in the top 32!
In Varsity, we came home with three more TOC Silver Bids, as Andrew & Johnson, Grace & Justin, and Joseph & Rina all finished in the top 32 in the country, and Rina finished as the tournament’s Sixth Speaker and Joseph Seventh!
JV had an absolute wave of trophies, with Adam & Aiden, Ardelle & Grace, Dasnoor & Simrit, and Jaslynn & Mia all finishing in the top 32, and Aaliyah & Jeanette, Claire & Henry, Jack W and Raymond, and Max & Roy all in the top 64. Mia also came home with her second consecutive speaker award, finishing fourth out of 350 speakers. The Novice squad was equally impressive, with Nathan & Sophia and Steven & Rebecca finishing in the top 32 and Amanda & Bonnie, Reine & Sophie, and Ivan & Wayne all bringing home trophies for the top 64!
For those of you who just missed the break this weekend, know that you did an outstanding job as well. There were a lot of close rounds and sometimes it all comes down to which judge is sitting in the back of the room. As long as you just keep learning and giving it your best, I’m positive your shot will come soon!
Here are the full results for the weekend. I’ve included speaker awards through the top 50 as well. At a tournament as massive as Harvard, top 50 is an achievement in itself. Again, hats off on a wonderful weekend!
Middle School Runners Up Bonnie Li & Annie Zhao Middle School Semifinalists Ken Wu & Jason Zhou Middle School Octofinalists Vivian Lang & Xiao Bo Zeng Middle School Quarterfinalists Yoll Feng & Arianna Wang Junior Varsity Triple Octofinalists Aaliyah Cabiles & Jeanette Pan Junior Varsity Triple Octofinalists Max Yang & Roy He Junior Varsity Triple Octofinalists Claire Zhong & Henry Yue Junior Varsity Triple Octofinalists Raymond Li & Jack Wang Junior Varsity Double Octofinalists Jaslynn Zhao & Mia Liu Junior Varsity Double Octofinalists Simrit Mangat & Dasnoor Kaur Junior Varsity Double Octofinalists Ardelle Tian & Grace Wu Junior Varsity Double Octofinalists Aiden Han & Adam Han Middle School Double Octofinalists Owen Chen & Nikki Zheng Novice Double Octofinalists Sophia Zhang & Nathan Yan Novice Double Octofinalists Steven Lin & Rebecca Sun Novice Triple Octofinalists Amanda Jiang & Bonnie Xu Novice Triple Octofinalists Sophie Yang & Reine Huang Novice Triple Octofinalists Wayne Liang & Ivan Guan Varsity Double Octofinalists Andrew Zhang & Johnson Wu Varsity Double Octofinalists Grace Hu & Justin Li Varsity Double Octofinalists Joseph Mai & Rina Song