Prep School Debate Teams Begin Competition Season

The Prep School’s two debate teams displayed open-mindedness and critical thinking during their recent debate competitions, despite being faced with tough-to-tackle topics. The Weekly spoke to the debate coaches, 8th grade dean and Latin teacher Scott Wilson, and math teacher Jasmine Rebadavia, about how the CGPS debaters fared in competition.

Scott Wilson, coach, Columbia Prep Debate Team:

On Saturday, November 10, 14 members of the Columbia Prep Debate Team competed in two rounds of debate against students from Lycée Francais at the first competition of the school year. The event, which was held at CGPS, featured two topics. The first was a question on the legalization of marijuana. The second concerned the question of whether or not the United States is a good place to live.

The students also began the event with a lightning-round debate warm-up activity in which they answered questions from the The New York Times' list of the top 100 debate topics for high school students.

Jasmine Rebadavia, coach, American Parliamentary Debate Team:

CGPS’s newly formed competitive American Parliamentary Debate Team recently competed in their first tournament ever at Vassar College, with team captains Jason M. '21 and Alec S. '19 leading their peers with passion, diligence, and expertise. It was also the first tournament for Megana P. '20 and Kylie K. '19, who both effectively showed their skill at quickly making persuasive arguments as well as rebutting their opponents’ contentions. Overall, it was a lovely fall day on Vassar's campus, filled with stimulating debate, glorious foliage, and CGPS camaraderie. In the coming months, the team looks forward to competing in many more tournaments.

Stay tuned for updates on the teams’ competitions!