This year (2017), teams submitted qualifying round essays affirming or negating the IPPF topic, “Resolved: The obligation to provide safe haven for refugees should outweigh a government's right to control its borders.” Those essays were reviewed by a committee, which determined the top 64 teams based on the overall quality of each 2,800-word essay. In November, the top 64 teams began a single-elimination, written debate competition. Each team was assigned a position (affirmative or negative) and then volleyed papers back and forth with another team via email for the next six weeks. A panel of judges reviewed the essays and selected the winning teams. In the “Round of 64,” Westfield Academy advanced over Poly Prep Country Day School from Brooklyn, New York. In the “Top 32” round, Westfield Academy advanced over East Mountain High School from Sandia Park, New Mexico. The “Sweet 16” round is now underway. These top 16 teams represent schools from 11 U.S. states, China and Taiwan. The Westfield Academy team is the only team from Connecticut to advance to this round! We are now competing against John Handley High School from Winchester, Virginia.  (missing, Sharon)

This year (2017), teams submitted qualifying round essays affirming or negating the IPPF topic, “ResolvedThe obligation to provide safe haven for refugees should outweigh a government's right to control its borders.” Those essays were reviewed by a committee, which determined the top 64 teams based on the overall quality of each 2,800-word essay.

In November, the top 64 teams began a single-elimination, written debate competition. Each team was assigned a position (affirmative or negative) and then volleyed papers back and forth with another team via email for the next six weeks. A panel of judges reviewed the essays and selected the winning teams. In the “Round of 64,” Westfield Academy advanced over Poly Prep Country Day School from Brooklyn, New York. In the “Top 32” round, Westfield Academy advanced over East Mountain High School from Sandia Park, New Mexico.

The “Sweet 16” round is now underway. These top 16 teams represent schools from 11 U.S. states, China and Taiwan. The Westfield Academy team is the only team from Connecticut to advance to this round! We are now competing against John Handley High School from Winchester, Virginia.  (missing, Sharon)

WINNERS OF THE EAST COAST'S Two NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL PARLIAMENTARY TOURNAMENTS

Deerfield Parliamentary 2016 (First Place Varsity)

UPENN 2014 & 2016 (Semi-Finalists in 2015)

YALE 2016 (Quarter-Finalists in 2016)

and for the 2015/16 year...

  • UCONN and Kingswood Oxford Model UN conferences 2016: Best Delegate
  • Global Classrooms International MUN 2016: Honorable Mention for Best Diplomatic Performance in Committee
  • Yale Osterweis: First Place Novice; Third Place Varsity; Speaker awards: Novice - 1,2,5,6,7,9th; Varsity - 1st & 2nd
  • St. Sebastian: First Place Novice Overall
  • McGill High School Invitational Debate: Won the Junior Division
  • Loomis: First Place Advanced Division 2017
  • CDA: First Place Novice Overall; First Place Novice Team
  • Spring 2016 Westfield made a clean sweep winning both the CT State HS and MS Policy Debate Competitions!!!

Some of our 2016 winning teams

Westfielders enacting a Model UN simulation at Capital Prep Academy.

Westfielders at the CT Forum on Higher Education

Westfielders at the CT Forum on Higher Education

We look forward to sharing the joy of debate and public speaking with your children!

“By the very act of arguing, you awake a person’s
reason; and once it is awake, who can foresee the
result?”
— C.S. Lewis