Middle School Debate League Hosts First Online Tournament!

By Jennifer Posner, CTMSDL

On Saturday, May 9, 2020, the CT Middle School Debate League hosted an online middle school debate tournament! Ninety-nine debaters from eleven schools combined into thirty-six teams to debate the motion: This House believes that it’s time to expand nuclear power for civilian use.  Twenty-eight wonderful high school debaters and coaches volunteered to judge. Special thanks go to Eliza Posner, Ann Walsh Henderson, and Everett Rutan.  While it wasn’t the same as an in-person tournament, we all enjoyed the opportunity to socialize distantly.

Our first place team in the Open Division was Gallant, Ranjan & Berg visiting from the Dalton School in New York.  Zach Berg (Dalton School) was our first place Open Division speaker.

Deep Bannerjee (Scofield Magnet Middle School), Beashagnya Chalasani (Turn of River Middle School) and Mohammed Zanbrakji (Scofield MMS) from our Middle School Debate Team made up our first place Novice Division team; Muskaan Jakhar (Rippowam Middle School), Shruthi Anandraman (TOR) and Jessica Sharma (Rippowam) from our Middle School Debate Team won 2nd place Novice Team; and Mohammed Zanbrakji (Scofield) was our first place Novice Division speaker.

Full results can be found on Tabroom.com.

As always, feel free to email me  (jendotposneratctmsdebatedotorg)   with any questions, concerns or suggestions.