Strong Competition at 2012 BDL Season Opener

Over 400 students, from across the city gathered on October 19th and 20th at English High School and TechBoston Academy to debate about transportation policy, representing one of the largest tournaments the city of Boston has ever seen.

At English High School, the Middle School League and half of the High School League put their research and preparation to the test in what turned out to be a very rigorous competition. In the Middle School League, Timilty won the Tournament Championship and dominated the JV division, with the top two teams and top three speakers in the division. TechBoston was a close runner up, with the top four teams and the top two speakers in the novice division. Of note was Eliot’s performance with the third-place team in junior varsity and the Irving’s performance with the 4th place speaker in junior varsity. See Tournament 1 Middle School Results HERE.

In the High School League at English, Brighton High School won the Tournament Championship with Charlestown High School as a competitive runner up, winning the championship in both the novice and JV divisions and the top speaker award in JV. Boston Latin Academy also had a strong performance; closing out the novice championship and earning many speaker awards in every division. See Tournament 1 High School Results from English High School HERE.

At Tech Boston Academy, the other half of the High School Division met fierce competition in every division, with New Mission High School winning the Tournament Championship, closing out the varsity championship, and winning the top speaker award in both the novice and the varsity divisions. Boston Latin Academy came in second place overall, winning the novice championship and taking home a slew of awards in each division. Of note was Burke High School’s performance winning the JV Championship and TechBoston’s performance earning top speaker in the JV division. See Tournament 1 High School Results from TechBoston HERE.

Enormous thanks are owed to the team coaches, whose tireless dedication and enthusiasm are the key ingredients making all of this possible. The staff and administrators of English High School and TechBoston also did an incredible job hosting us. The Boston Public Schools and the Boston Debate League could not be more thrilled with the outcome of this weekend and look forward to seeing the talented students of Boston pushing each other to new heights throughout the season.

Please sign up HERE to judge for our monthly tournaments!  Just one of our 4 hour shifts per month makes a big difference.  Sign up now for our next tournament at TechBoston Academy and English High School on November 16th and 17th.  We need over 100 judges per round!

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