What a wonderful weekend! Twelve Westfielders traveled to the University of Pennsylvania for one of the two National High School Parliamentary Debate Competitions held annually on the East Coast: Tyler, Ben Manus, Ariel, Oliver Shulman, Piper Gibson, Seamus Connor, Ben Mione, Maxwell Shulman, Patrick, Ben Small, Jeren and Emily. We had a very full weekend packed with debating.
Emily and Jeren ended up winning the whole shebang after 5 rounds and 4 outrounds they took First Place!! The final round was against none other than Ms. Posner's daughter Eliza and her partner. It was a great final with all 4 debaters on the top of their games.
Amazingly, 4 of the top 8 overall speakers were Westfield! Emily took 2nd place, Jeren was 5th, Patrick was 6th and Ben Mione was 7th!
And 3 of the top 9 teams were Westfield! The team of Maxwell and Ben Mione were Quarter-Finalists taking 5th Place team and the team of Patrick and Ben Small were Octa-Finalists taking 9th Place team!
All of our debaters won at least 2 of their rounds. For Ariel and Tyler, it was their first big away tournament. They were wonderful additions to the team and to the van ride which is always a fun and unique experience!