Seawolves shine at Yale
Members of the Seawolf Debate Program traveled to New Haven, CT this past weekend (Oct 3-5) to compete in the Yale Intervarsity Debating Tournament, the largest and most competitive regular-season debate tournament on the US circuit. Attended by 148 teams representing universities across the US, Canada and England, the Yale IV is an early-season test that typically predicts the success of a squad for the upcoming World and US Universities Debating Championships.
The SDP traveled four students to the competition where they took on teams over motions considering whether forced relocation is a desirable solution to ethnic conflict and whether the charter school movement has had a positive effect on public education. Both Seawolf teams assembled an impressive record in preliminary rounds: Matt Ostrander and Jonathon Taylor completed the 6 preliminary rounds with a record of 15 points (out of a possible 18) to enter the elimination rounds seeded fourth (behind only Cambridge, the University of Toronto and Harvard) while AJ Carver and Sarah Elton assembled a 13 point record to advance as the 16th seed.
Both teams were on the Proposition side in the quarterfinal round, assigned to defend a motion about whether the federal government should provide financial support to religious organizations that undertake social work in impoverished areas. Despite making their best cases, both Seawolf teams had to content themselves with quarterfinal finishes, a showing that still had them in the top 10% of teams attending.
This is the first time that the Seawolves have advanced two teams to the elimination rounds of the Yale IV, and the first time they’ve done so at all since 2010. The current generation of Seawolf Debaters obviously intends to make their own contribution to the SDP’s tradition of excellence.
The SDP is in Anchorage this weekend to host a tournament at Goldenview Middle School as part of their Middle School Public Debate initiative. The team will return to competition in two weeks when they embark on a road trip to participate in both the Hart House IV at the University of Toronto and the North American Debating Championships to be hosted by Hobart and William Smith College of Geneva, NY. For more information, please contact Steve Johnson at 786-4391.