Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.

Every year, the top teams in each division compete for the title of City Champion. In 2020-2021, four teams per division competed first in a semifinal round, with the winning team of each round advancing to the final. These rounds are the culmination of an entire season: they are some of the highest-level debates that take place all year, in which debaters employ the skills and content knowledge that they have been building since last summer.

These videos show the 2020-2021 City Championship final for four divisions: Middle School Varsity, High School Junior Varsity, High School Varsity in English, and High School Varsity in Spanish. All are on the 2020-2021 policy debate topic of criminal justice reform.

Each video begins with a welcome and opening words from judges, followed by the debate rounds, the announcing of the winner, and a discussion with judges about their decisions. Videos have been edited to remove prep time and other pauses for brevity. Click on the cards below to view each debate.


Middle School Varsity and High School JV Championships


In the Middle School Varsity Final, Christina Yang of the Josiah Quincy Upper School debated on the Affirmative against Ava Levine-Fried of the Hurley K-8 School on the Negative. Both debaters competed as mavericks.


In the High School Junior Varsity Final, JJ Wang and Olivia Roddy of Charlestown High School debated on the Affirmative against Jaleel Cardoso and Wesley Ekes of Boston Collegiate Charter School on the Negative.


High School Varsity Championships


In the High School Varsity in English Final, Olivia George and Ariella Taylor of the O'Bryant School for Math & Science debated on the Affirmative against Walter Wexler and Sadie Keesbury of Boston Latin Academy on the Negative.


In the High School Debate en Español Varsity Final, Cristel Torres and Sandy Calva of Brighton High School debated on the Affirmative against Kevin Guardado and Eliana Rivas of Brighton High School on the Negative.


Congratulations to all of the debaters who competed this year. Your determination, hard work, and accomplishments have been truly inspiring in this incredible year. Special congratulations to the debaters who competed in semifinals and finals, and to our 2020-2021 City Champions:

  • Ava Levine-Fried of Hurley K-8 School, Middle School Varsity
  • Jaleel Cardoso and Wesley Ekes of Boston Collegiate Charter School, High School JV
  • Olivia George and Ariella Taylor of the O'Bryant School for Math & Science, High School Varsity in English
  • Cristel Torres and Sandy Calva of Brighton High School, High School Varsity en Español

Thank you to the coaches, parents, volunteers, and donors for saying "yes" to debate this season and for supporting debaters all year long.