The Boston Debate League ended the amazing 2011-2012 season the way it began: with a packed English High School cafeteria and impressive performances from an incredible group of students. Seventeen schools brought an average of 20 debaters each, underscoring the powerful and consistent growth the BDL has achieved this school year. With a trip to the Urban Debate National Tournament on the line, students pulled no punches. Judges consistently commented on how much debaters’ skills had improved since October, a testament to the hard work students and coaches alike have poured into practices over the last six months. While it’s sad to see the seasons conclude, the BDL couldn’t be more proud of the city’s talented young people or more excited to see debate spread in years to come.
For the first time in history, the Middle School division was housed at a site of its own. Timilty Middle School generously hosted a record 100 middle school debaters and dozens of parents and judges. Home field advantage apparently paid off, with Timilty being named Tournament Champions and receiving the runner-up Spirit Award. Their novice team also won the final exhibition round, capping an all-around stellar performance by Timilty this year. Eliot K-8 School also made a serious splash, claiming the Spirit Award, narrowly losing the Tournament Championship, and taking top honors in junior varsity. Congratulations to all the middle school debaters and coaches for a great year and special thanks to the Timilty faculty, staff and administration for being such gracious hosts. Full results HERE.
English High School was bursting at the seams, with all twelve high school teams competing in the same building for the first time since the season opener. The competition was fierce, but the debaters’ poise and camaraderie carried the day. Boston Latin Academy took home the Tournament Champion award and was named runner-up for the Spirit Award, highlighting how much debate has become ingrained in the school over the last few years. Brighton High, the city’s largest squad, claimed the Spirit Award and closely trailed BLA in the tournament champion category. In an exhilarating final round, the varsity team of Nicolas Cathcart and Tanjil Mustafa were named City Champions, earning the right to represent the Boston Debate League at the National Tournament in Washington, DC. Full results HERE.
Debaters, coaches, families, and BDL supporters around the city are invited to the End-of-Year Awards Banquet on March 23 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. RSVP by March 20th!