The 1890 Society

The 1890 Society is the Coolidge Foundation’s honor society for alumni specifically of the Coolidge debate program.

The name of this honor society is a reference to young Calvin Coolidge’s first public speech, which he delivered on May 23, 1890, at the Black River Academy commencement ceremony (his high school graduation). The topic of the speech was “Oratory in History.” It was received positively by the audience and Coolidge’s teachers, and was even praised in the regional newspaper.

The name for the society is fitting for three reasons: 1) that 1890 speech was an important moment in Coolidge’s growth as a public speaker, 2) it was delivered at a high school commencement, which is the same stage of life that our student debaters are at, and 3) the speech itself was about the value and importance of oratory.  

Membership in the 1890 Society is a selective honor. It is for students who have finished high school, and who have demonstrated significant achievement in debate as well as exceptional interest and involvement in the Coolidge debate program and/or the Coolidge Foundation. The 1890 Society enables us to stay connected with our exceptional debater alumni as they move on to their professional lives or to college, or wherever their journey takes them.

Class of 2020

To Be Announced in the Summer of 2020

Inaugural Class for Alumni Pre-Dating 2020

  • Joshua Anumolou
  • Griffin Badalamente
  • Kathryn Bassette
  • Luis Benitez
  • Audrey Cooper
  • Feiry Guaba
  • Noah Hines
  • Shreyas Iyer
  • Max Jackman
  • Devesh Kodnani
  • Caleb Leaser
  • Zoe Lovelace
  • Jack McCordick
  • Abdulkareem Odeh
  • Raj Singh
  • Annaclare Splettstoeszer
  • Kuangye Wang