Pelican Debaters Enjoy Success Before Winter Break

The Loomis Chaffee Debate Society has enjoyed success at area competitions in the run up to the winter break. 

Advanced debaters, including seniors Maral Asik and Eleanor Peters and juniors Victoria Che and Aidan Gillies, went undefeated (6-0) in the advanced division of the Connecticut Debate Association tournament on November 16. Aidan also was the top advanced speaker in the tournament, and he and Maral placed second among advanced teams. Eleanor and Victoria placed third among in the advanced-team competition.

At the same November tournament, Loomis first-year debaters sophomore Aidan Frazier and freshmen Tina Mai, Calvin Pan, and Serena Kim all had records of two wins and one loss in the novice division.

The debaters competed in another tournament on December 7, where participants argued both sides of the resolution: “The United States should forbid U.S. companies from complying with China's political demands.” Aidan Frazier won top novice speaker at the event, and the pairing of Eleanor and senior Clara Chen went undefeated in the advanced division.

As a result of their successes at the November and December tournaments, Maral, Eleanor, Clara, Victoria, and Aidan Gillies all earned berths in the state debate finals in late March.

Aidan Gillies also was awarded Third Place Advanced Competitor in a combined debate and public speaking tournament at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School on December 8. The tournament involved debate, interpretive reading, and impromptu speaking.

Loomis Chaffee will host its annual tournament on January 12, 2020, attracting competitive debaters representing schools from across the region.