State Finals Results

200 debaters from 35 schools competed in this year's State Finals at Wilton High School, our most diverse crowd ever. Thanks to coach Allison Hujar, the Wilton Debate Team and Wilton High School for hosting us for the sixth consecutive year.

The topic was a difficult one, on the conflict between religious and secular rights: Resolved: Businesses should have the right to freely exercise their religious beliefs.

The Varsity final round saw the New Canaan team of Casey Manzella and Steven Singer on Affirmative win the State Championship on a 3-2 decision against the Stamford/Greenwich team of Sam Aldershof and Olivia Scharfman.

In the Novice division, the Lauralton Hall team of Rachelle Ambroise and Katherine Canavan won top honors.

You may view or download the complete State Final Results, as well as the resolution package.

If you are missing ballots, please contact me, and we will see if we can find them.

If you have any questions or comments, please email us: CDA Tournaments.

March 1 Tournament Results

Forty-five schools and 454 debaters came to our tournaments at Darien, Guilford and Pomperaug. Thanks to coaches Dennis Cummings, Ann Sather, Gianna D'Ambrusca and Margaret Hartshorn for their hospitality.

The topic was:

Resolved: Technology companies should fully encrypt their products.

The final round at Darien was won by the Joel Barlow team of Alexandria Haymann and Keeghan Lucas on the Affirmative over the Staples team of Ryan Fanning and William Vester.

The final round at Guilford was won by the Guilford team of Sean Hackett and Henry Robinson on the Negative over the Amity team of Sarah Rippel and Dan DeDominico.

The final round at Pomperaug was won by the Simsbury team of Lila Rosenzweig and Pritika Seshadri on Affirmative over the Simsbury team of John Deckers and Josie Black.

Congratulations to all our trophy winners and 3-0 teams.

You may view or download the complete March Results, as well as the resolution package. If you are missing ballots, please contact me, and we will see if we can find them.

Our next tournament will be State Finals on March 28 at Wilton High School. Coaches will be notified as to their qualifying debaters, and the invitation will go out on or about March 15.

If you have any questions or comments, please email us: CDA Tournaments.

Middle School Debate

The Connecticut Middle School Debate League held it's first tournament on January 31 at Wamogo Middle School in Litchfield. We had 103 debaters from ten schools compete. Full results can be found at the Middle School Debate web site. We plan to hold one more tournament before the end of the school year.

The next tournament will be on May 2 at Bethel Middle School.

If you are interested in being a part of the Middle School League or know someone who is, please email us at Connecticut Middle School League or visit our web site.



Other Debate News

Yale Osterweis Tournament Results

Teams from 22 CDA schools attended the 2015 Yale Osterwies tournament on April 12 in New Haven. Congratulations to Wilton High School, winner of the Varsity final round, and Pomperaug High School, winner of the Novice final round. Complete results and copies of the motions used may be found at the Osterweis Tournament website. The Osterweis motions have also been posted on the CDA website and may be found through the Training Material page.



Last updated April 23, 2015.