Judges needed for statewide debate tournament

Champlain Valley Union High School hosts the largest tournament of the Vermont Debate and Forensics League tournament season this year, on Saturday, Nov. 19.

Citizen judges are needed for the event and CVU is seeking interested individuals to participate. The tournament is divided into two divisions: speech and debate. Speech competitors compete in nine different speech events — poetry, radio broadcasting, extemporaneous speaking etc. Debate competitors will be debating: RESOLVED: The benefits of the Internet of Things outweigh the harms to personal privacy.

No prior experience or knowledge of the debate topic is required to serve as a judge. In fact, the whole premise of this event is that it be judged by citizens, not experts. A training session is provided before the tournament. Light refreshments will be served. Your time commitment is anticipated to be 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Volunteer judges often have a very rewarding and stimulating experience — and the community support of this event is appreciated.

Contact Chris O’Donnell at: to sign up.

—Chris O’Donnell, CVU