Debate Team

Famous debaters include Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, and Barack Obama

Debate involves a pair of debaters working to effectively convince a judge that his or her side of a resolution (a public policy statement) is, as a general principle, more valid than their opponent’s side. Students in debate come to thoroughly understand both the affirmative and negative sides of an argument. Debate team participants learn valuable research, critical thinking  and public speaking skills.

This year we will compete at four Saturday debate tournaments with approximately 300 fellow Newark middle school students. The season runs from October 1st to the end of April. See the school calendar for specific tournament dates. For additional information email Mr. Fryer at