Nicholas Budny is a junior at Princeton High School in Princeton, New Jersey. He is the principal pianist for his school’s jazz band, which received 2nd place at the National Jazz Festival, and recorded a feature length album at Abbey Road Studios in London. He has been debating for 3 years, and will be the captain of the debate team next year. Along with his partner, he won the Ridge Invitational, the University of Pennsylvania invitational, and the NJSDL State Championship, all in Varsity Public Forum debate. Outside of school, he is a competitive classical pianist, and has performed at Carnegie Hall. He also enjoys writing poetry, founding his school’s poetry club with a friend, and has been published in several literary journals. He is interested in public policy, and has founded an online publication dedicated towards political science and philosophy, as well as the New Jersey chapter of a national nonprofit for voter education.