High School Debate

In the High School Debate Competition students form two person teams to debate both sides of a current topic.  They research in order to develop both negative and affirmative arguments, learn to cross examine their opposition, and listen attentively in order to rebut their opponent’s arguments.  They are scored in several areas, including delivery and analysis. This program is fantastic for public speaking skills, analyzing issues and using evidence to support arguments.


2019 High School Debate Competition

The High School Tournament will take place on April 4, 2019, at New Britain High School, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The playoff rounds are planned for April 25, 2019 at the Aetna Insurance Company.

The resolution for this year's High School Tournament is:

"Resolved: Non-disclosure agreements covering misconduct should be unenforceable."

For further information and introductory source material, please click here.

For an overview of the debate and rules click here.