Debate Club debuts at the Long Island Forensic Association

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Members of the two-year-old Bayport Blue-Point debate club recently transitioned from debating internally to joining and participating in the Long Island Forensic Association at a debate tournament hosted at Port Washington’s Paul D. Schreiber High School. LIFA stages numerous formal debates in a variety of formats through the year, with the purpose of developing students’ debate and leadership skills. The topic of this debate was resolved: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.

It was with great excitement that the officers and members of the debate club took on individual debaters in a Lincoln-Douglas style debate, which contains rounds for making a claim, negating the counterclaim, rebuttals and conclusions. The two debating students argued in front of one judge and there are four rounds of competition throughout the day. During the rounds, the students alter between supporting and refuting the proposition.

The following officers and members led the debate club: Milo Fallon (president), Dillon Duffy (vice-president), Jack Harrington (treasurer), Douglas McDonough (secretary), Lada Terushkin and Annelise Schreiber. John Limperatos, one of the club’s advisers, accompanied the students, along with three parents who volunteered to judge the competition. The day went exceedingly well for the debate club’s first exploration into the world of forensic debate and the students learned valuable lessons from competing one-on-one.