Impromptu debates offer students a challenge

Trinity College School students had the chance to participate in a challenging form of debate during the third round of House Debates on November 25th as both the Senior and Junior divisions competed in the impromptu format.

Impromptu debates require students to think quickly. Both the government and the opposition received the resolution 20 minutes prior to the start of the debate. The government side had 10 minutes to define the resolution and the opposition then had 10 minutes to mull over the definition.

Both Senior and Junior divisions debated the resolution that “social media does more harm than good.” The top individual in the Senior division was Grace Hodges of Rigby House with an impressive 116 points. She was followed, in order, by fellow Rigbyite Gracie Menzies and Wesley Chan of Bickle House. The top Senior team was the Rigby duo of Grace and Gracie, followed by Wesley and Eric Wang of Bickle House as runners-up. Ketchum, Orchard and Wright were the top Senior Houses of the day, each with two wins.

Isolde Ardies of Rigby House was the top individual debater in the Junior division, followed by Mackenzie Heid of Rigby and Asseel Abdalla of Burns House. Isolde and teammate Sarah Voth were the top team followed by Asseel and Carmella Ylagan of Burns House. Hodgetts House was the top Junior house of the day with two wins.

After the third round of debates, Hodgetts breaks away from a tie and leads the Junior division with four wins, while Rigby and Scott dominate in the Senior division with five wins and two losses each.