Greater Boston League off to Roaring Start

The season’s first Greater Boston Policy Debate League tournament was one for the record books. Nine schools from the region, including a large contingent of debaters from New York City, squared off against 26 BDL debaters at Manchester-Essex Regional HS this past Saturday. The amazing turnout from the surrounding community is a great sign for the future of policy debate in the Greater Boston area.

In the novice division, the Boston Latin Academy team of Juan Paniagua and Henry Chavez took home the first place team award, going undefeated through all four debates. Juan was recognized as the second-place speaker, with Henry taking 11th and teammate Kalvin Nash ranking 9th. Excel’s Chianne Arthur also received the 7th place speaker award.

Danielle Cadet and Luci Delgado from Excel High School placed fifth in a tough varsity division, with Danielle also collecting a 5th place speaking award and Latin Academy’s Michael John taking 6th. Sophie Bucci of Commonwealth School in Boston deserves serious congratulations for being the top team and top speaker despite debating by herself all weekend.

The Greater Boston Policy Debate League is a joint effort of the Boston Debate League and local high schools in the Boston area to bring back regular policy debate tournaments. Throughout these competitions, Boston’s students are able to compete with their suburban counterparts on an even playing field. All surrounding schools are invited to join the league at any time—tournaments are free this season and there will always be a dedicated novice division with limited arguments where students can get their feet wet. Contact Matt Grimes (matt@bostondebate.org) for more details.

The Boston Debate League extends immense gratitude to Tim Averill and the Manchester-Essex debate squad for hosting a wonderful tournament. We are excited to see such enthusiasm for debate in the region and look forward to seeing everyone at the next GBPDL event on December 3rd here in Boston!

Photos available HERE.

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