On a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day, Needham High School hosted the final Greater Boston Policy Debate League tournament of the 2011-2012 season. Fifteen schools brought a total of 60 debaters, a record for this fledgling regional debate organization. Most excitingly, two schools were competing at their first debate tournament ever. Congratulations to Archbishop Williams HS and North Attleboro HS for debating so admirably–we look forward to seeing you next season! Lexington HS also made its first appearance at a Greater Boston tournament, substantially upping the level of competition. Thanks to all participating schools, volunteer judges, and especially the Needham high school speech and debate team for making the tournament such a success.
Ted White and Gena White from New Mission HS took home first place team honors in the varsity division as well as first and second place speaker awards, respectively. Lexington’s Tevin Lin and Pavi Chari came in a close second in the final team rankings. A combination junior varsity team that included East Boston’s Derek Curtin and Boston Latin Academy’s Tinyan Omere, claimed the first place team trophy in their division, and Tinyan also went home with a top speaker award. On the novice side, teams from Archbishop Williams ranked first and second, while West Roxbury’s Aaron Higgenbottom was named the top individual speaker. Congratulations to all participants!
The Greater Boston Policy Debate League is a partnership between the Boston Debate League and suburban schools in the surrounding area. The goal is to create opportunities for students from different backgrounds to compete against one another on a level academic playing field. Since its inception last year, the league has slowly but steadily grown and we hope to add even more teams for the 2012-2013 season. If you are interested in joining, please get in touch with the Boston Debate League.