The tournament, which began in 1956, honors high school students and their teachers for their commitment to forensics achievement. The forum annually receives hundreds more applicants than space allows entry and includes more than 1,000 students, teachers, school administrators and college coaches from 35 states. This is only the second time in the tournament’s history Pace has taken the title. The previous victory was in 1978. Pace has been in the finals twice prior to this season, 1992 and 2002.
The win by Skenderi and Epstein continues what has arguably been one of the Pace debate team’s best seasons in recent memory. The duo finished the fall semester ranked first in the nation, and seniors Paula Cheng and Brian Klarman are rated eighth. Pace is the only school in the nation with two teams in the top 10.
Both senior teams will next compete at the Harvard Round Robin and National Invitational Feb. 15 through 18.