Our team of Seamus, Aidan, Sharon, Patrick, Ben and Ben began this competition along with 219 other high school teams from around the world last September to debate the resolution:  The obligation to provide refugees safe haven should outweigh a government's right to control its borders.  The first cut was made to the top 64 teams on the basis of a 2800 word written debate teams submitted.  These 64 teams then volleyed papers back and forth in a series of debates.  The field was narrowed to 32, then 16 and then the "Elite 8" was announced and invited to come to New York to orally debate the final rounds.   Patrick, Ben Small and Ben Mione first argued against Taiwan in the quarterfinals, against North Allegheny in the semifinals and then beat China to win the whole competition!  (missing, Seamus, Sharon, Aidan)

Our team of Seamus, Aidan, Sharon, Patrick, Ben and Ben began this competition along with 219 other high school teams from around the world last September to debate the resolution:  The obligation to provide refugees safe haven should outweigh a government's right to control its borders.  The first cut was made to the top 64 teams on the basis of a 2800 word written debate teams submitted.  These 64 teams then volleyed papers back and forth in a series of debates.  The field was narrowed to 32, then 16 and then the "Elite 8" was announced and invited to come to New York to orally debate the final rounds.  

Patrick, Ben Small and Ben Mione first argued against Taiwan in the quarterfinals, against North Allegheny in the semifinals and then beat China to win the whole competition! 

(missing, Seamus, Sharon, Aidan)

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

Northfield-Mount Hermon 2017

(1st Place Overall, 1st Place Persuasive Speaking, 2nd Place Interpretive Reading)

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