February 7 Tournament Invitation

On behalf of Fairfield Warde High School, Glastonbury High School and St. Luke's School I would like to invite you to our fifth tournament of the year on Saturday, February 7. You may download a more detailed invitation with information about Novice eligibility and qualifying for State Finals.

All CDA registrations are done through tabroom.com, a free service to the debate community hosted by the National Speech and Debate Association and used by many tournaments nationwide. CDA has written brief instructions for using tabroom to help guide you through the process. Registration is open, and we have only a short time to get ready, so please get your entries in as soon as possible. You may create an id for your school and enter your student and judge names at any time.

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

January 10 Tournament Results

Thirty-six schools and 334 debaters braved single-digit weather to come to our tournaments at King, Masuk and Trumbull. Thanks to coaches Ian Lear-Nickum, Jamie Sherry and Hope Spalla for their hospitality.

The topic was:

Resolved: Police should be required to wear body cameras while on duty .

The final round at King was won by the St. Luke's team of Chloe Kekedjian and Eliza Posner on the Negative over the Stamford/Trinity Catholic team of Sam Aldershof and Shannon Rubin.

The final round at Masuk was won by the Hartford Classical team of Shamar Mahon and TJ Noel-Sullivan on Negative over the Housatonic Valley team of Emily Sullivan and Jonathan Miller.

The final round at Trumbull was won by the Trumbull team of Ben Hazen and Michael Kenler on Affirmative over the Amity team of Sarah Rippel and Dan DeDomenico.

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

You may view or download the complete January 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 tournaments are on February 1 at Fairfield Warde High School, Glastonbury High School, and St. Luke's School. The invitation should go out on or about January 25.

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

December 14 Tournament Results

Four-hundred sixty-two debaters from 43 schools attended our December tournaments at Amity Regional High School and Westhill High School. Thanks to coaches Rick Bourdeau and Aaron Hoffman for their hospitality to one of our largest gatherings.

This was a Paliamentary format tournament with three motions:

  • This House Would prohibit the emigration of medical personnel from less developed to developed countries.
  • This House Would ignore experimental drug testing protocols to fight deadly epidemics.
  • This House Would implement aggressive screening and quarantines to prevent international disease transmission.

The final round at Amity was won by the Housatonic Valley team of Sam Bradway and Evan Taylor over the Watkinson/Westfield team of Jeren Koh and Nathaniel Mione.

The final round at Westhill was won by the St. Luke's team of Chloe Kekedjian and Eliza Posner over the Wilton team of Evaline Xie and Jeremy Brewer.

Congratulations to all of our trophy winners. You may view or download the complete December Results, as well as the resolution package.

If you have any questions, email CDA Inquiry and we will do our best to answer you.

Middle School Debate

The Connecticut Middle School Debate League is underway. We had nearly 100 debaters from eight schools at our first events, scrimmages, at Bethel Middle School and Smith Middle School in Glastonbury on November 10 and 12.

We will hold our first tournaments on January 24 at Eastern Middle School in Greenwich and on January 31 at Wamogo Middle School in Litchfield.

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. You can also find more information about the league, debate format and events at the League web site, http://ctmsdebate.org.

Other Debate News

UPenn Liberty Bell Classic, February 14-15, 2015

The University of Pennsylvania will be holding its Liberty Bell Classic high school debate tournament on February 14-15, 2015 with a full range of forensic events. CDA volunteers will be running tab for the Parliamentary Debate division for the third year. It's a great chance to try your skills against a national field. Registration is open now. See UPenn Tabroom for more information.

Last updated January 2, 2015.