The Connecticut Debate Association recently hosted its state finals tournament online with Hamden Hall's junior squad finishing third out of 73 participating teams.
"The Hamden Hall team, consisting of a junior squad of Prottoya Chowdhury and Geno Salvatore, and a freshman pair of Chris Reiter and Adam Shi, performed admirably," said team advisor Robert Cutrofello.
The freshman team finished 17th, winning two of their three debates. The junior team was undefeated in all three of its contests. In total, 208 "accomplished speakers" participated.
"This was one of the most competitive tournaments of the year given that most of the teams participating had won awards and recognitions in the preliminary tournaments," said junior debater Prottoya Chowdhury. "Each of our two teams debated three rounds each, and I can proudly say that we won five out of our six rounds."
Individually, Prottoya Chowdhury finished 10th, while Geno Salvatore tied for 23rd. Chris Reiter tied for 40th, while Adam Shi tied for 62nd.
According to Mr. Cutrofello, an information packet is given to each team, and from that students read and construct affirmative and negative arguments. All argue both sides. Their organization, discipline, and research skills help them to construct presentations, cross examinations, and refutations.
With over a dozen members, the debate team meets twice a week for the entire school year. Debates are conducted monthly. For information, contact Mr. Cutrofello, Prottoya Chowdhury, or Daniel Zhang.