MBA fielded four novice teams at the 2018 Cougar Classic hosted by Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta, GA. MBA EL (Ryan Estrin & Lenox Leverett) went 4-1 in the preliminary debates and were the #8 seed, beat Carrollton Sacred Heart (FL) in the octafinals, and took the victory in the quarterfinals over Westminster (GA). Ryan and Lenox were crowned co-champions of the novice division. MBA BC (Alex Barnard & Chanden Climaco) went 4-1 in the preliminary rounds and were the #3 seed before bowing out in the octafinals to USN. Climaco was named the #2 individual speaker and Barnard was the #3 speaker. MBA HZ (Joseph Hastings & Bryan Zhang) went 3-2 in the preliminary rounds and was the #13 seed before losing in the octafinals to Woodward Academy (GA). MBA AR (Parks Asbury & Peter Roark) finished the preliminary debates 2-3.