Loomis: Won 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Place Advanced speakers, Top Advanced Team and 1st Novice Speaker!

January 14th was nothing short of an incredible day for Westfield!  We brought 16 students to the private school league competition at Loomis:  Grace, Panchali, Kay-Lin, Claribel, Aravind, Charles, Jack, Marlah, Seamus, Oliver, Greg, Kyle, Meghana, Ryan, Patrick and Maxwell.  They all debated a very challenging resolution after spending an hour reading and discussing an informational packet:   Resolved, that in the United States of America, formal agreements, including Non-Disclosure Agreements and Out of Court Settlements, should never include a provision that a victim of sexual harassment is to remain silent about his or her sexual harassment as part of the agreement. 

Westfield swept!!  We won 1st Place Advanced Speaker - Maxwell,  2nd Place Advanced Speaker - Patrick, 3rd Place Advanced Speaker - Ryan and 5th Place Advanced Speaker - Meghana!! We also won Top Advanced team- Patrick and Ryan!  We also won Top Advanced Four-Person team - Ryan, Patrick, Maxwell and Meghana - with an incredible average of over 90 points per debater per round!  We also won Top Novice Speaker - Marlah - and 4th Place Novice team - Claribel and Marlah!!

This league includes Choate, Hotchkiss, Andover, Exeter and Roxbury Latin.  We have been competing for many years in this league.  I have never seen one school dominate a competition like this.  It was really exciting.