Dighton Middle School Wins Massasoit Winter Debate Meet
The Dighton Middle School Debate Team set off to the Nichols Middle School in Middleborough, MA, on Thursday, January 10, 2019, to participate in the Massasoit League Winter Debate Meet. The team, filled with apprehension and excitement, finished the day taking all honors. The team was paired up in six teams of two and competed against five other schools in the league. Every single Dighton Middle School team prevailed in the first two rounds.
After the second round, three Dighton Middle School teams moved forward to the semi- final round. Those students were, Abigail Sunderland, Julia Foley, Audrey Pratt, Meredith Foley, Rachel Medeiros and Kate DiSanto.
Audrey Pratt and Meredith Foley advanced to the final round against their own teammates, Rachel Medeiros and Kate DiSanto.
Audrey Pratt and Meredith Foley secured the first place individual team championship, beating Rachel Medeiros and Kate DiSanto by a very slim margin.
The entire Dighton Middle School Debate team won the team award for scoring the most points of all the teams present, bringing the first place trophy home to Dighton Middle School!
The team members’ thorough preparedness, and amazing ability to clearly debate and articulate their thinking, was truly phenomenal. The entire Dighton Middle School Debate team should be commended for its outstanding performance.
Each team member had to prepare to argue both sides of the four resolutions to be debated.
The resolutions were:
Resolved- Participation trophies negatively impact the pursuit of excellence.
Resolved- School dress codes are inherently sexist and negatively reinforce gender stereotypes.
Resolved- Videogames are a positive influence on middle school students.
Resolved- Organized contact football should not be offered to students under the age of 14.
The Dighton Middle School debate team is looking forward to competing in the Massasoit Spring Debate Meet on March 29, 2019 at the Hurley Middle School in Seekonk.
Dighton Middle School Debate Team
Advisor: Susan Warren
Maddie Beerman, Neely Deschenes, Kate DiSanto, Maddy Easterday, Julia Foley, Merideth Foley, Rachel Medeiros, Ella Nicolau, Maia Patricio, Haley Peixoto, Audrey Pratt, Abigail Sunderland, Abigail Medeiros.