Friday, October 3, 2014

Yale, Princeton, Brown Debate, Nov. 7


YWAA and Westchester alumni from Princeton and Brown will host the annual debate tournament for college and high-school students Friday, Nov. 7 at Hackley School in Tarrytown at 7:15 pm (Enter the school at 293 Benedict Ave.).

Alumni, students, friends and fans of debate are encouraged to attend and witness lively, persuasive colorful arguments covering topics ranging from politics and education to social media and the law. Each school will have three team participants.  Topics are not revealed until the debate starts. Team participants present their arguments and rebutals, subject to a time clock.

After the college competition, area high-school teams will engage in separate rounds of debate. The college participants coach and prepare high-school debaters before they take the stage.

Richard Bradley, editor-in-chief of Worth magazine and Pleasantville resident, will moderate the debate this year.  Deans from one the three schools and a local judge in Westchester will serve as judges.

High-school participants include students from Mamaroneck, Briarcliff, Hackley, Harrison, Master's School and Yonkers.

At last year's tournament (at Blind Brook High School in Rye Brook), the Brown team emerged as the winner in a tough, close call.  Harvard participated in tournament last year;  Princeton replaces Harvard on the slate this year.

Last November, YWAA sponsored a debate fund-raiser to raise funds in honor of the competition's long-time debate leader and organizer Bill Nightingale '53.  Proceeds from the Nightingale Debate Fund help defray costs related to the tournament, help provide for prizes, and ensure the debates will continue for years to come.

Susan Kaminsky '86, a YWAA board member, Nightingale, Brown alumnus Amanda Nash and Princeton alumnus Martin Sklar are lead organizers of this year's debate.

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