Debate team runs a winning streak

The Wilton Debate Team certainly had something to be thankful about this past month.

Twenty-one Wilton debaters went to New Canaan High School on Nov. 12 for a local competition in the Connecticut Debate Association style. This style of debate has students competing three rounds before a final round between the two highest-ranked varsity teams.

The topic in question revolved around the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, with the resolution stating “the Dakota Access Pipeline should not be built.” After three intense rounds of debating, juniors Cameron Berg and Michael Wallace went up against a team of seniors from Joel Barlow High School in the final round. In a 2-1 decision, Wilton took home first place.

But the team’s winning streak didn’t end there. Cameron also received a second-place speaker award in the varsity division, and the novice team of freshmen Jake Zeyher and Jubair Huq won all three of their rounds. If that team goes undefeated at the next CDA debate, they will qualify for the novice division of the Connecticut Debate Association’s State Finals tournament. Only two months into the seven-month season, the debate team has already qualified 10 debaters for the state finals tournament, and Co-Captains Stephanie Xie and Michael Wallace hope to qualify many more.

The Wilton Debate Team meets on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 at Wilton High School.

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