The Waring School Debate Society is an opportunity for students in grades 8-12 to participate in the National Speech and Debate Association in Public Forum Debate, or PFD. In PFD, debaters argue either for (PRO) or against (CON) a monthly topic, presenting and weighing the costs and the benefits in such a way that any informed citizen (the judge) can make a decision. Public Forum Debate is not concerned with the implementation of certain policies, but rather analyzing what would happen in the world that the resolution is true and the world where it is false.

Waring debates at tournaments throughout the region, state, and country. As a member of the Debate team you have the option to go to as many or as few tournaments as you desire. The goal of the Waring School Debate Society is not merely competition within the world of PFD, but rather to help create informed and intelligent discussions both within the Waring community and outside of it as well.

Committed debaters will also have the opportunity to apply for Debate Winter Sport, an option from Thanksgiving until March break wherein students will combine debate research and practice with sports activities.

To learn more please contact Debate Coach Tim Averill.

Debate Schedule 2016-17

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  • October

    October 6               Possible Landmark Scrimmage at home
    October 13             Possible Landmark Scrimmage at home
    October 14-16        Big Bronx, New York City (TOC Octos)
    October 22             Novice Tournament at Walpole
    October 29-30        MERHS “Averill Invitational” (TOC Semis
  • November

    November 19         MFL Lexington HS “Little Lex”
    November 21-23    The Glenbrooks – Chicago Ill (TOC Octos)
  • December

    December 3-4         Princeton University NJ
    December 10          MFL Lincoln Sudbury
  • January

    January 7                MFL Newton South HS
    January 14              NSDA Congress National Qualifier
    January 14-15         MFL Lexington HS “Big Lex” (TOC1/4’s)
    January 20-22         Columbia NY (TOC ¼’s)
    January 27-29         Emory University Atlanta
  • February

    February 3-4           NSDA District Tournament Location TBA
    February 3-4           North Shore Young Writers’ Conference
    February 11            Combined NCFL Qualifiers – Shrewsbury
    February 18-20       Harvard University (TOC Octos)
  • March

    March 4                    Mardi Gras Tournament Shrewsbury
    TBA                          World Quest Boston MA
    March 25                  MSDL State Debate Tournament
  • April - May

    April 29-May 1        National Tournament of Champions
    April 29                   Waring Auction
  • June

    June 18-23             NFL National Tournament Birmingham AL