EDISON, NJ -- Eighth graders enjoyed the opportunity to work together in teams and argue pros and cons of three different topics during formal debates on January 20 at Wardlaw-Hartridge Center for Global Learning.

The students used research, writing, collaboration and public speaking skills to deliver strong arguments on topics including homework, school hours and the legality of eminent domain.

Four judges sat on a panel to determine each of the debates, which were moderated by Dr. Corinna Crafton, Middle School Coordinator and English teacher.

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The following students earned honorable mention for their performance in the debates: Caroline Kolmodin of Mountainside, Emma Jacobson of Metuchen, Olivia Brown of South Plainfield, Jason Kisare of Bridgewater, Leila Hernandez-Webster of Edison, Cami Martinez of Scotch Plains, Mikayla Cole of Plainfield, Bill Zheng of Metuchen, Tarun Ravilla of Edison and Noah Apter of Springfield.

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