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.