Walking in, the debate students were not yet aware of the topic and position they were going to defend. Even with this extra twist both teams had strong contentions. For example, Aaron said that it cost more to execute the inmates than to keep them in jail for life while Brian argued that eliminating the death penalty in other states had lead to a jump in the number of crimes committed in that state. Both teams constantly brought up the Cheshire Home Invasion and the Amanda Knox release as examples to support their sides.
Both teams took their time explaining their sides. They are given six minutes in between debates to prepare for their next argument. Westhill had used up most of their time by the end of the debate while the home school (AITE) still had six minutes left before the final portion of the debate.
So are you free next month? Looking for something fun to do on a Saturday? Sit in on a debate tournament or even better, talk to the school’s debate teacher, Mr. Morest and ask about joining the team. It won’t be something you want to miss.