Thanks to members of the Debate Union for their outstanding work managing the MSPDP and HSPDP Debate Outreach Championships on April 27-28. More than 1,200 debaters, coaches, judges, and guests attended the tournaments on the championship weekend. The MSPDP and HSPDP are national debate leagues founded and maintained by the Claremont Colleges Debate Union.
The Middle School Southwest Regional Championship was held at Mout San Antonio College on Saturday, April 27. More than 130 teams from 10 leagues qualified to participate at the tournament. Ella Hanry, Rowan Macy, and Matthew Reale-Hatem had major roles administering operations for attending teams and guests. In the competition, Oakwood School defeated Colina Middle School on a 2-1 decision in the Grand Final Debate to win the 2019 championship. In addition to the regional championship, they will share national championship honors with the other MSPDP regional winners. All students debated the following topics (pre-announced) at the event:
- The First Amendment should not protect lying in campaigns and elections.
- Expand Social Security to provide an adequate retirement.
- Eliminate farm subsidies!
- Autonomous weapon systems do more good than harm.
- The US President should serve a single 6-year term
Students in the championship debate argued the following topic:
- Facial recognition technology does more harm than good.
The High School National Debate Championship was held at the International School of Los Angeles on Sunday, April 28. Ella Henry, Sydney Baffour, and Gonzalo Secaira served prominent roles as tournament tabulation and administrative staff and other members of the Debate Union judged at the competition.
The Webb Schools defeated the International School of Los Angeles on a 2-1 decision in the Grand Final Debate to win the 2019 championship. HSPDP tournaments feature a mix of research-based pre-announced topics, known for several weeks prior to a competition. Students also debate impromptu topics on enduring controversies and current events, which are announced 30 minutes prior to the beginning of those debates. All students debated the following topics:
- The First Amendment should not protect disparaging and threatening trademarks. (pre-announced)
- Soldiers should be able to opt out of specific conflicts for moral reasons. (pre-announced)
- Inmates in prisons and jails should be allowed to vote. (impromptu)
- Citizenship should be a privilege, not a right. (impromptu)
High school students in the championship debate argued the following topic:
- In the US, small states have too much power.