Best performance in Texas Two-Step history, thanks to your help!
Thank you for supporting PDB during our crowdfunding campaign this fall! Check below for updates about the tournament you helped make possible, the gifts we’re sending to show our gratitude, and our 3rd consecutive nationals win!
Thanks to your donations, we sent 6 teams to the Texas Two Step, where we competed in 82 total rounds and had the most competitive success in the swing tournament’s history. Some major highlights:
PDB MY (Amanda Miskell & Brian Yang) became the first team ever to win 1st place at both swings of the tournament. Yang won 1st place speaker for both swings — an unprecedented performance.
PDB BR (Shannon Bonet & Ryan Rashid) advanced to quarterfinals of both swings.
PDB KZ (Karthik Krishnan & Frances Zhuang) advanced to octafinals and quarterfinals, qualifying for NPTE.
PDB MN (Olivia McCauley & Nika Nikoubin) advanced to octafinals in their first tournament as partners.
Miskell, Bonet, and Rashid all placed in the top 10 speakers at both swings.
Additionally, for the 3rd year in a row, Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley finished the season with victories at 2 of the 3 NPDA national championships! PDB RY (Rashid & Yang) won the National Round Robin, PDB MY (Miskell & Yang) won the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, and PDB won 1st in tournament sweepstakes at the NPDA National Tournament.
To express our gratitude, we’ve posted a list of donors on our website, www.parli.berkeley.edu. We're also sending signed photos and thank-you notes to select donors, and a thank-you video for our top 5 contributors. We plan to distribute these in the next 2 weeks, although there may be delays due to COVID-19 complications.
Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley is student-run and self-funded, when most other NPDA teams have hired coaches and paid administrators. This year would clearly not have been possible without your help, and the same is even more true of next year. If you can, please set up a recurring donation for PDB, or help put us in contact with anyone who may be able to support the team, financially or otherwise! Donations can be made at our Berkeley Give page.
Our infrastructure is all of you, so thank you again for your support!