Oakton's debate team makes the 'Sweet 16' at national championship

  • Luis Toro displays his finalist award.

    Luis Toro displays his finalist award. Courtesy of Chris Langone

Posted5/9/2022 10:46 AM

The Oakton Community College debate team recently participated in the Cross Examination Debate Association's National Championships. This was Oakton debate's first appearance at CEDA Nationals.

Teamed with a student from Macalester College, Oakton student Luis Toro advanced to stand among the top 16 debate teams in the country.


This performance at CEDA Nationals caps an incredible season for Oakton debate, which included a first place showing in the JV Division at the University of Kentucky and a semifinal performance at Harvard in Junior Varsity.

After these stellar performances in the JV Division, Coach Chris Langone encouraged Luis to "play up" and compete in the Open Division.

"I am so proud of Luis' performance at CEDA Nationals, especially given he is a JV debater, in his first year of competition at CEDA," said Langone. "Oakton debate is on the forefront of elevating the competitive opportunities for debate at the community college level."

Prior to coming to Oakton, Langone was the assistant director of debate at Cornell University, and helped coach the team to its No. 1 debate team title in the world in 2013.

"I have a big vision for Oakton debate, which I believe will be a leader among community colleges in debate at the national level," said Langone.

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"This year of debate has been a big game changer for me, and has given me many opportunities I would never have been able to access without playing up and doing all the work," Toro said.

Oakton debate meets Mondays and Thursdays at Oakton Community College. Members of the community are welcome to get involved.

For information, contact Langone at CLangone@oakton.edu or Toro, ltoro38601@gmail.com.

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