Middle School Students Debate Merits of School Uniforms

Left to right: Leia Potenza – Scofield Magnet Middle; Hillary Ho – Rippowam Middle; Amelia Nandikesan- Scofield Magnet Middle

By Jennifer Posner, CT Middle School Debate League (CTMSDL)

On November 4, 2023, the CTMSDL held a Novice Scrimmage and Open Level Tournament at Seymour Middle School. Two hundred forty-one debaters from fourteen schools combined into sixty Novice teams and twenty-six Open Level teams to debate the motion:

This House supports student uniforms.

Proposition prevailed in 59% of the debates.

The Stamford Schools team of Ho, Nandikesan & Potenza, coached by AITE, placed first in the Open Division. Leia Potenza from Scofield Magnet Middle School was the first place Open Level Speaker.

Teams from AITE, Timothy Edwards, Middlesex, Bethel, Smith, Irving A. Robbins, and Westfield Academy won both of their Open Level debates.

Full results can be found on Tabroom.com.

Thank you to the seventy people who volunteered to judge! Many thanks to the amazing team at Seymour Middle School. Thanks to the six High School debaters from Amity and Farmington for the Demonstration Round: Janet Fan, Chloe Wang, Linda Chen, Daria Lee, Sama Ganta and Martina Bloch. Thanks to Jennifer Hunt and Everett Rutan for tabbing. Thanks to the coaches and parents for their support. Thanks to the Greenwich Branch of the English Speaking Union for their sponsorship.

Our next tournament will be at Smith Middle School in Glastonbury on Saturday, December 16, 2023. The prep-ahead motion will be: This House would set maximum age limits for elected office.

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