About the Club

The SVHS Debate Team is open to students in grades 9-12.  Students compete in extemporaneous policy debates at monthly tournaments hosted by the Connecticut Debate Association (CDA). The team meets weekly to practice debate technique, review current events and policy, and prepare for upcoming tournaments.

In addition to participating in monthly CDA Tournaments, the SVS Debate Team competes in invitationals hosted by The Yale Debate Association:

  1. Yale Invitational - Fall
  2. The Osterweis Tournament - Spring

Members of the SVS Debate Team have ranked in the top tier of debaters in CDA and Yale Debate Association tournaments.

When and Where

Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 in Room C18. Debate Tournaments are held one Saturday per month, September - March, with State Finals also in March. For a complete schedule of tournaments visit https://www.tabroom.com/index/index.mhtml

Student Dress Code

Students are required to dress in business attire for all debate tournaments.

Volunteers Requested

Parent volunteers needed. The Connecticut Debate Association requires each team bring one adult per every four team members to judge the debates. Judges participate in a one hour training session the morning of each tournament. If interested in judging please contact SVS educator Fran Belison at the email below.


Fran Belison


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