Juliana Merullo ’19 and Ember Larregui ’18 placed first at the Loomis Chaffee School’s 34th Annual Debate Tournament on Sunday, January 17. In the competition, Merullo and Larregui topped competitors from the Groton School, the Taft School, and Choate Rosemary Hall. Annalie Gilbert Keith ’18 and Srikari Tummla ’17 also competed in the tournament.

As in past years, the tournament was a cross-examination, switch side, policy debate, but this year, none of the participants knew the resolution prior to the day of the tournament. Long-time debate advocate, Everett Rutan, the Executive Director of the Connecticut Debate Association, chose a resolution and provided a 10-12 page research packet given to each debater to accompany that resolution. Debaters had one hour to work together in teams (schools) to prepare their cases using the packet — but no other research materials of any kind — before the rounds of debate began. Thus, teams had access to exactly the same information, so the debates assessed how well you can work with that information to produce and defend cogent, persuasive arguments on both sides of the issue. After the one-hour preparation period, the debate competition began with each team debating both sides of the resolution.

For more information about the Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate and Public Speaking Society, click here.