Marlborough Debaters Find Success at the Alta Silver and Black Invitational

Special congratulations to Sophia D. 19, Amy J. 19, Mia C. '18, and Lydia '20 on their outstanding performances and teamwork.

Last weekend, Marlborough debaters traveled to Alta, Utah for the Alta Silver and Black Invitational. There the team won a whopping 64% of its preliminary debates, which represents a hard push from our entire team and coaching staff for the last month, who were furiously researching and preparing for our opponents' arguments at the tournament. The students supported each other all weekend - a typical scene was senior captain Mia C., minutes after a disappointing loss, intensely preparing junior Amy J. for an important elimination round for over an hour, or senior captain Zoe W. sitting on a hallway floor with junior Sophia D. researching and constructing refutations against her octofinal opponent. Regardless of their competitive success, we are so proud of the team culture our students have built.

The following individuals had outstanding competitive performances:

Sophia D. '19 earned a 5-1 record in her preliminary debates, and advanced all the way to Semifinals. In doing so Sophia becomes only the second debater in Marlborough history to earn a bid to the Tournament of Champions! She also won the 3rd place speaker award.

Amy J. '19 earned a winning record in her preliminary debates, and advanced all the way to the Octofinal elimination round, just one round short of earning a TOC bid. She earned the 14th place speaker award.

Mia C. '18 earned a winning record in her preliminary debates, and advanced to the Double Octofinal elimination round, just tone round short of earning a TOC bid. She earned the 17th place speaker award.

Lydia D. '20 had a breakout performance, earning a winning record in her preliminary debates and just missing elimination rounds on speaker points.

One more special note about this tournament from Debate Program Head Adam Torson: "In the debate community, girls are significantly underrepresented among the highest level of competitors - an issue with which the community struggles and which we work to redress every day. At this tournament, five of the eight debaters in quarterfinals were women, and all of them from independent girls' schools. All four of the semifinalists and both the finalists were women from independent girls' schools. It was great to see girls from different schools be fiercely competitive with each other inside the debate rounds and outstandingly supportive of one another outside of the rounds.


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