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Bard Debate Union Hosts 3rd Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament

Tournament participants from the Bard High School Early Colleges pose with
their awards.
The Bard Debate Union hosted the 3rd Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament at Bard College on Friday, February 28. The tournament welcomed 80 middle and high school students from Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Kingston and the Bard High School Early Colleges in Manhattan, Newark, and Queens.

Bard Debate Tournament
Bard students work with members of the Red Hook High School Debate Team.
The day began with Bard students offering a demonstration debate on the topic of violent protest. This was followed by three rounds of middle and high school student debate on the topics of weapons of mass destruction, smart phones, and government secrecy.

Bard Debate Tournament
President Leon Botstein addresses the tournament attendees.
The event was an excellent educational opportunity for the middle and high school students, some of whom were participating in their third debate at Bard, as well as for Bard Debate Union members who had the chance to serve as mentors and judges for younger debaters.

Post Date: 03-03-2014