The Roger Sherman Debate Team Is Back!

The Roger Sherman Debate Team went to the United States Military Academy (West Point) on October 28 and 29 to compete in their first policy debate tournament in a year and a half and first tournament since becoming an SGA club this past January. Alex Laifer and Juan Leal were partners for six rounds; it was also their first time competing in a policy debate tournament.

The tournament was successful especially considering that the budget was less than $200. To save on costs, Alex and Juan took day trips to West Point both days instead of staying in a hotel. By doing so, they had to be on the road by 5 am both days.

Additionally, the other teams traveled with coaches who typically selected cards for their competitors to use in each round. Alex and Juan had to prepare their own cards ahead of the debate and determine their strategies themselves. This was a great learning experience for both Alex and Juan, who improved after each round. The Roger Sherman Debate Team plans on competing in more tournaments in the coming months.

On Saturday, October 29, Alex (left) and Juan (right) had to leave before 5 am for the West Point Debate Tournament. They were rewarded with a beautiful sunrise in the Hudson River Valley!

Juan reading a constructive speech in a round.

Alex (left) preparing his rebuttal speech while Juan (right) answers questions in a cross-examination.

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