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City High Debaters Win Valley Mid-American Cup

Iowa City CW IOWA CITY, IA October 1, 2019

Iowa City High School senior debaters Ellis Chen and Simon Weiss—team code Iowa City CW—were winners in the Policy Debate division of the Valley Mid-American Cup, defeating Minneapolis South on a 3-0 decision on September 23. The tournament's 43 team competitors were from seven surrounding states.

After six preliminary rounds, Iowa City CW was 5-1. Ellis Chen was the 5th overall speaker by individual points, and Simon Weiss was the 8th speaker. They were the tournament's third overall seed.

  • In the octafinals (round of 16) round, Iowa City CW defeated Niles West DS on a 3-0 decision.
  • In quarterfinals, Iowa City CW defeated Blue Valley Northwest KV on a 3-0 decision.
  • In semifinals, Iowa City CW defeated Iowa City West DS on a 3-0 decision.
  • The team lost only one ballot the entire tournament.


The team is coached by Vince Woolums, Ellie Bennett, and Sam Basler.
The policy debate topic this year: "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States."