Middle School Students Debate Merits of Zoos

By Jennifer Posner, CTMSDL

On October 22, 2022, 172 debaters from twelve middle schools, combined into thirty Novice teams and thirty Open Level teams to debate the motion:

This House believes that zoos do more harm than good.

This was a scrimmage for Novices and a tournament for Open Level.

Full Open Level results including ballots can be found on Tabroom.com.

The Middlebrook team of Ganti & Kothandaraman & Wang won the Final Round on Proposition over the team of Shenoy, Jaladurgam & Rock, representing Irving A. Robbins Middle School.

Ryan Murray from Memorial Middle School was the first place Open Level speaker.

Winning all three of their Open Level debates were students from Middlebrook, Irving A. Robbins, and Memorial.

We had forty-nine people, including many high school debaters, judge and train to judge.

Many thanks go to the incredible staff at Seymour Middle School, led by Coach Harvey Catlin. Thanks to our coaches, judges, and League sponsor, The English Speaking Union, Greenwich Branch. Special thanks to Jennifer Hunt on Tab, Josephine Shea on Judge Training, and Angelo Calabrese, John Rook, and Natalie Jones on Novice Workshops.

On Saturday, December 17, 2022, we’ll hold a tournament for Novice and Open Level debaters at Smith Middle School, Glastonbury. Debaters should prepare both sides of the motion:

This House believes that state lotteries do more harm than good.

Here’s some information to help you get started: https://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/0512/the-good-and-bad-of-national-lotteries.aspx

Contact Jennifer Posner  (jendotposneratctmsdebatedotorg)   with any questions, concerns or suggestions.