The second half of the weekend included individual IPDA, wherein approximately one third of 64 competitors advanced to elimination rounds. In novice, Addie Hodges won three of six rounds, positioning her only speaker points away from the top ten in her division. In junior varsity, Mary Rose Stepnowski dropped in a break round that would have advanced her to elimination rounds, resulting in a 2-4 record. Finally, in varsity, Logan Torve was unable to break with a 2-4 record; however, he was awarded second varsity speaker at the tournament. For our next tournament, we will return to Arkansas Tech University for the IPDA National Championship Tournament and Convention in late March. This past weekend’s competition primarily served to learn the differences in judging preferences and regional argumentation prior to the tournament next month. There are a few significant changes that we will be working on between now and then to see more positive results at the National Championship. Ultimately, most lost ballots came down to framing and weighing mechanism preferences that differ from North Carolina’s region.