Wilton students debate their way to victory

Despite inclement weather and a busy holiday season, Wilton High School’s debate team had a productive winter season stretching from December into February.

The team will send eight teams to participate in parliamentary debate at University of Pennsylvania’s the Liberty Bell Classic over Presidents Day weekend.

December

Six students from Wilton High’s debate team went to Princeton University’s Princeton Classic to participate in a public forum debate the weekend of Dec. 6.

The Wilton team divided into three teams and debated the topic of immigration reform and whether it should include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.

The teams debated the topic six times for two days.

Although none of the teams broke into the elimination rounds, two of the Wilton teams had a 3-3 record.

January

On Jan. 11, the Wilton team dominated the varsity division in the Connecticut Debate Association Tournament (CDA) at Ridgefield High School.

The topic of the debate was: “States and municipalities should not provide economic subsidies or incentives to corporations.”

Neel Kaushal and George Mgaloblishvili defeated a team from Joel Barlow in the final round, and George was named first-place varsity speaker.

Jeremy Brewer and Jack Kaelin of Wilton’s varsity team took third place, while Kevin Collins won third-place speaker in the novice division.

February

On Saturday, Feb. 1, the Wilton team participated in the CDA competition.

The topic of the competition was: “The use of drones for targeted killing of individuals should be prohibited.”

Rachel Jones and Ryan Cross won first place as a varsity team at the tournament held at Masuk High School in Monroe.

Rachel also won first-place speaker and Ryan won third-place speaker.

The novice team of Jessica Moss and Vedika Karandikar placed sixth and finished with a 3-0 record.

There will be two more regular season CDA tournaments this spring, hosted by Wilton High School, before the Connecticut State Championship.