CDA HIGH SCHOOL State finals

Saturday March 24, 2018, 8:30 to 5:00PM

Westfield students in 9-12th grades


Joel Barlow High School 

100 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding, CT 06896

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  1. Brendan Davis
  2. Patrick Henderson
  3. Benjamin Mione
  4. Oliver Shulman
  5. Ananya Aggarwal
  6. Marlah Hohlfelder



Awaiting a volunteer


Usual policy/cross-ex format.


The participation cost including judging costs, is $93.


We are required to provide trained judges. The number of judges we need depends on the number of competitors we bring. This is the way these competitions work: If we do not provide judges, our kids cannot compete. Judging is a very big time commitment. We leave early and return late. Judges are "on" for a big part of the day. Judges also have to be prepared and willing to be trained before judging. Having said this, judging is very fun. Although it might seem intimidating the first time, people always want to do it again. In order to be as fair as possible, we distribute the judging responsibility among all those competing. Each of our competitors will be assessed a $20 judging fee for the tournament. If that competitor provides a judge, that $20 fee will be refunded.  In addition, everyone who agrees to judge will be refunded the participation fee - that fee is paid for by the judging fees of the other competitors who are not providing a judge. This distributes the judging responsibility among all the debaters and ensures that everyone who wants to can compete regardless of finances. If we are short judges, we try to find non-competitor parents, or friends or neighbors to judge and offer them the fees for their services. We must provide trained judges, and to prepare them, Ann will provide materials and meet or talk to our judges prior to the competition. 


Those driving with Ann Walsh Henderson must be at her house by 7:10am. All others, please meet at the High School at 8:30am.


Parents do not attend these competitions. You are warmly invited and encouraged to attend the Civics First competitions in the spring. You are more than welcome to come judge although please realize this does not allow you to watch your own child debate.


There will be donuts or bagels, juice, hot chocolate and coffee on arrival. For lunch, the host school will sell tickets for pizza and soda during registration between 8:00 and 8:45 am. Students may bring their own food, and students with special dietary needs should definitely bring their own food. Most schools do not have restaurants nearby and the time for lunch is short, so students and judges should not expect to have time to go elsewhere for lunch. Some schools sell candy or baked goods during the tournament, but students may want to bring snacks for between rounds. Debaters may want to carry a water bottle prevent dry mouth during the rounds.


Students should have highlighters, paper and writing instruments to flow. In addition, CDA tournaments allow students to bring a dictionary, a Constitution and an Almanac. Mrs. H. will bring these for the team.