Hundreds of students from around New England squared off at the Boston Debate League’s fifth tournament of the season. The competition pitted students from the Rhode Island Urban Debate League against local teams, producing some of the best debates of the season. The Department of Communication and Journalism at Suffolk University hosted half of the competitors on their campus, giving students a first-hand look at a college campus. Boston University’s Black Law Student Association sponsored the English High School site and brought a host of volunteers to judge and mentor the debaters. The Boston Debate League would like to thank both tournament hosts, along with the dozens of community supporters who lent their time to judge. The event would not have been possible without them.
At English High School, Boston Latin Academy had quite a tournament, claiming the championship trophy, the second place team spirit award, and the top two spots in the varsity division. Brighton High School won the spirit award and was the tournament champion runner-up, with senior Nicolas Cathcart taking home the top varsity speaker award. New Mission also sent teams to the final round in both the novice and junior varsity divisions. Full results HERE.
Over at Suffolk University, Rhode Island’s Classical High School had a banner day, taking the top two novice team awards along with the spirit award and runner-up tournament championship trophy. Excel High School was named the tournament champion and advanced two teams to the quarterfinals. Other notable performances include East Boston’s run to the final round of the junior varsity division and Josiah Quincy Upper School’s appearance in the final varsity round for the second tournament in a row. Full results HERE.
The middle school division again broke its record for participation, with 86 students competing at the tournament. That averages to a whopping 17 students per school, a truly impressive achievement in the first year of the middle school debate in Boston. The Eliot School won the tournament championship and spirit award, narrowly edging out Timilty Middle School, which was previously undefeated. Eliot took the three top junior varsity spots, while Timilty took top honors in the novice competition. TechBoston’s Janet Joseph was named the top novice speaker, while Eliot’s MeronAdhane won the same award in junior varsity.
Of course, all debaters at this tournament had their eyes on the City Championships, happening in just three weeks. There, the top teams in the league will be determined and the BDL will determine its representative at the Urban Debate National Championships. Don’t miss your last chance to see the debaters in action! Sign up to judge today!