The Boston Debate League returned from its long winter break with a bang. Over 300 debaters proved that a few weeks of extra practice can really pay off, drawing rave reviews from the scores of volunteers who came out to judge the debates. The event, split between TechBoston Academy and East Boston High School, marks the fourth tournament of the BDL season and kicks off the final push toward the City Championship in early March. Don’t miss the action when the debaters descend upon Boston University Law School and Suffolk University in two weeks. Sign up to judge today!
The BDL would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the coaches and administrators of East Boston High School and TechBoston Academy. Without their time and energy, the event would not have been possible. Similarly, the community’s outpouring of judging support was truly inspirational, allowing coaches to observe their debaters and students to hear feedback from sources ranging from team parents to local lawyers to league alums. Andrew Brokos, the BDL founder, returned to town for the tournament and showed that taking a break from debate doesn’t decrease your passion for the activity or ability to run a smooth tournament.
For the first time ever, the middle school tournament included a junior varsity division. Lanezja August from the Timilty was named first place junior varsity speaker and also took home the top team award with her partner Jenna Carter. Rachel Gover of the Eliot took second speaker and second place team alongside schoolmate Ruquiya Mohamed. In the novice division, Eliot claimed the top two team awards and Melissa Louis-Dhon defended her home territory at TechBoston by being named the top novice speaker. TechBoston also took home the Spirit Award for bringing the most students, with Timilty being named runner-up. The schools switched rankings for the top award, with Timitly taking the crown.
In the TechBoston High School tournament, Excel High School solidified its place as one of the premier teams in the city, taking home the championship trophy and second place in the Spirit category. Latin Academy was the runner-up tournament champion, while New Mission claimed the Spirit award for most students. Jennie Vo of TechBoston was the top varsity speaker and her teammates won the novice division, suggesting the benefits of home field advantage apply to debate tournaments as well. Danielle Cadet and Lucibel Delgado from Excel were the varsity champions, and Fatah Aden and Elvis Alvarado won the junior varsity division. Full Results HERE.
Over at the East Boston site, Brighton ran the show, claiming the tournament championship and Spirit award. East Boston was close behind, being named the runner-up in both major event categories. Charlestown was the talk of the tournament and took the top four spots in the novice division, making further debates unnecessary after the quarterfinals. Leroy Chan and Mohamed Nouri of Josiah Quincy Upper School won their first varsity competition of the season, defeating Nicolas Cathcart and Meybel Lopez from Brighton. In junior varsity, Brighton edged out East Boston for the top spot. Full results HERE.
Congratulations to all participants. The BDL is looking forward to more of the same on February 10 and 11th!