The air was abuzz with assertions, reasoning, evidence, and impacts at the OCDL Spring Tournament this past Saturday, March 24th. Students debated topics that included, “Ban homework!” and “The government should not add fluoride to drinking water.” The final topic, “Cryptocurrency does more good than harm,” proved especially challenging for debaters, as cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are still very new to domestic and international markets.
Over the weekend (February 10-11), four OCDL debaters competed at the 32nd Annual Stanford Invitational, hosted by Stanford University. The style of debate, Public Forum, is slightly different than the usual OCDL modified parliamentary style. Public Forum features two-member teams, a crossfire question and answer period (no POI's or heckles), and the ability to access electronics during the round. The competitive Junior Varsity Public Forum field was made up of 224 teams from 12 states, Canada, and China. Many of the teams in this division were high school students.