The first-ever group of students and staff at the Miami Debate Institute Red Hawk program left Oxford this morning, by car, bus and plane. I've learned from the dorm staff that all students left without a problem (except for Gabe, who I heard is still hanging out at the Cincinnati airport with Mr. Beisch!).
The Red Hawk participants finished up their experience yesterday with tournament elimination rounds (pictures coming), a rousing closing ceremony where every member was introduced and applauded individually, and a movie shown at Bachelor Hall.
Of course after that they had hours of room cleaning to do before checkout!
We would also like to recognize their dedicated and talented teaching staff: Todd Lantz (Iowa), Ed Lee (Emory), Nikhil Mirchandani (Harvard), Nicole Serrano (Lexington), Sarah Spring (Miami) and Paul Strait (George Mason). Every student I've spoken with said they found their experience here extremely educational - due to the efforts of their teachers.
We congratulate both the students and faculty on a successful inaugural workshop and wish them the best of luck this year. We hope to hear from all of them regarding their accomplishments this season.