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Novice Debate Tournament

On Sunday, October 9, the Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate and Public Speaking Society completed in the Novice Parliamentary Extemporaneous Debate Tournament at St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, Mass. The tournament is for students in grades 7-9 and students compete in two-person teams.

The two-person teams of Amelia Opsahl ’21 and Nadya Baum ’20 and of Lila Lofving ’20 and Beatrice Brynda ’20 each won two out of three debates. The team of Aster Marks ’20 and Sophie Reitz ’20 won one out of three debates.

Coach Paul Bassett reported that a total of 14 SBS students attended the tournament, including competitors Nikita Mangaru ’20 and Ira Hysi ’20, who put in a strong effort despite not winning their debates, as well as six students who attended as a way to learn more about public speaking, debate and competition.

“All of our students put in a tremendous amount of time in preparing for and attending this debate,” Bassett said. “I am really impressed by that and extremely proud of them.”

On October 20-23, three SBS students — Victoria Subritzky Katz ’17, Julia Thayer ’18, and Sophie Hathaway ’18 — will travel to Vancouver for the International Independent Schools Public Speaking League tournament. Then, SBS will participate on December 4 in a debate and public speaking tournament at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn.

Read more about debate and public speaking at SBS here.