Wilton debate teams end victorious seasons

Debate teams from Wilton High School and Middlebrook took home several awards this season.

After two lackluster seasons, the Wilton High School Debate Team finished a season to remember.

The high school debaters competed in six Connecticut Debate Association competitions and three national competitions at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

They argued topics ranging from the congressional review of executive orders to the morality of government secrecy, faced teams from as close as Ridgefield to as far away as San Diego and Vancouver, Canada, and won a total of 27 awards.

The high school’s debate team finished its season with the Rollin G. Osterweis Tournament at Yale. After five rounds, the top-seeded team of freshmen Vignesh Subramanian and Jake Zeyher proceeded to the novice semifinals, where they debated the feasibility of space exploration by private corporations.

Even though they lost to a team from Amity Regional High School, Jake and Vignesh still ranked first- and second-best speaker, respectively, in the novice division. In the varsity division, junior Michael Wallace ranked 10th-best speaker.

Middlebrook Debate Club

At the middle school level, the Middlebrook Debate Club attended two local tournaments and won four awards in its inaugural year of competition.

In the final competition at Central Middle School in Greenwich, Middlebrook’s team of Michael Pien, Anton Rushevich, and Adarsh Varghese placed fifth overall.

Out of a field of nearly 230 debaters, Middlebrook student Arman Peters was ranked fifth-best speaker and Adarsh was fourth-best speaker.

Four other Middlebrook debaters placed among the top 20 speakers:

  • Nathan Wang: 12th.

  • Oliver Thompson: 14th.

  • Chris May: 17th.

  • Michael Pien: 20th.

Next year

The Wilton High School Debate Team will resume competition in September under the leadership of Wallace and Cameron Berg, who will both be seniors next year.

Several accomplished debaters from the Middlebrook Debate Club will join the team as freshmen next year, and more than 16 veteran members will return to debate at the varsity level.