SOMERSET, NJ - Cedar Hill Prep School (CHP) hosted the third annual Garden State Debate League inter-school debate meet on Feb. 8. 

More than 100 participants from forty teams competed. Five CHP teams finished in the top 10.

Nandini Menon, CHP's founder says students start to analyze and consider different viewpoints as early as the first grade. 

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"Critical thinking is fostered to enable students to determine the differences between opinion and fact," Menon said. "Additionally, starting in grade 5 students attend debate club, where they learn the craft of argumentation for the purpose of debate. Students learn how to present different points of view, how to rebut and create cogent arguments." 

Ishaan Mittal, Anay Upadhya, and Shaurya Baruah from team Cedar Hill MUB took second place. Sanyuktha Sriram, Isaac Abraham, and Anya Tolat from team Cedar Hill SAT took fifth place. Ahmad Alam, Armaan Agrawal, and Aakarsh Mamawala from team Cedar Hill AAM took seventh place. Brandon Montoya, Anya Shah, and Berika Bodur from team Cedar Hill MSB took eighth place. Suhani Davda, Sarah Karlekar, and Nina Barnes from team Cedar Hill DKB took ninth place. 

"CHP students are great independent learners and this helps them prepare for a debate," Menon said. "Congratulations debaters on a job well done"

The students debated the pros and cons of the following topics - Disney Movies Do More Harm Than Good, Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags, Major League Baseball’s Plan to Cut Minor League Team I Justified, and All U.S. Presidential Primaries Should Be Held on the Same Day. 

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