November 21 Tournament Results


On Saturday, November 21st, one hundred and fifty nine debaters from fifteen Connecticut schools debated the motion:

This House would establish a program to revive extinct species and re-introduce them into the environment.

Thank you to TJ Noel-Sullivan and the Classical Magnet School in Hartford for hosting the CT Middle School Debate League’s largest tournament to date.

Thank you to all of our judges, including fourteen college and high school debaters from six schools.

Earning spots in the final round after three rounds of debate were two Greater Hartford  Academy of the Arts teams.  Aiden Gillies, Anni Ciarcia and Gavin Anderson took first place.  Samantha Acosta and Weimy Montero finished second.  Ruth Mercedes, Meredith Macey and Phoebe Kurth from St. Luke’s School placed third.

Amelie Warneryd from St. Luke’s School earned the top speaker award.  Deidre Chill from Westfield Academy placed second and Wendy Zhang from Amity Middle School was third.

Thank you to the English Speaking Union, Greenwich Branch, for sponsoring the League.

You can access the tournament tabroom website at CTMSDL November Tournament .  Full results for the tournament may be found there, or you may download them her:

Our next tournament will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Eastern Middle School in Riverside.  The snow date is January 30th.  We’ll release the motion by December 12th.

Please contact us at with questions and suggestions or if you are missing any ballots.

November 21 Tournament Invitation

On behalf of Classical Magnet School and TJ Noel-Sullivan, Director of the Hartford Debate League, the Connecticut Middle School Debate League would like to invite you to this season’s first competitive tournament, on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 9:30 am — 2:30 pm.

Debaters should come prepared to both propose and oppose the motion:

This House would establish a program to revive extinct species and restore them to the environment.

There are two documents available for download:

Please note that observers are welcome and there is no cap on the number of teams a school may enter.

You may begin registering your teams on now.  Registration will close at 6 pm on Friday, November 20.

Please refer to our website,, and the CTMSDL Handbook for information on our format and rules.  Schools need not have paid their $50 dues to the CTMSDL to attend.  (We ask that you pay dues by December 31, 2015.  Thank you to the schools that have already paid.)

Please email Jen Posner to let us know the following so we can plan for the event:

  1. Will your school attend?  (You may change your mind over the next 2 weeks.)
  2. Roughly how many debaters and adults will you bring to the tournament? (This number may change a lot over the next 2 weeks, we just need a rough count now.)
  3. Any questions or comments you may have.

We look forward to seeing you on November 21!