The Westfield Debate Team presents Big Questions Debate Tournament, an intersection of science and philosophy. This is an opportunity for students grades 9-12 to participate in debate. The event is open to all students who are taking at least one high school level class. Teams of two will debate the topic of whether or not science leaves room for free will.

The tournament will take place on Friday, March 31, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Edison Intermediate School, located at 800 Rahway Avenue in Westfield. There will be three rounds of debate (to participate, a commitment to all three rounds is necessary in addition to a three-minute survey). All participants will receive a certificate, and three students who exemplify the spirit of debate in this tournament, nominated by a peer, teacher or community member, will receive a plaque.

For students that are interested in participating but have no debate experience there will be two optional workshops on debate: Friday, March 24th, 3:30-4:30pm at Westfield High School in Cafeteria A, run by the Westfield Debate Team and Thursday, March 30th, 7:30-8:30 pm at Edison Intermediate School in the Cafeteria, run by Lumos Debate.

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The deadline to register is March 24 at midnight. If you don’t have a partner one will be assigned to you. If you already have a partner, please note that when you sign up.

For more information about Big Questions visit for resources, a format manual and sample cases.

The Westfield Debate Team is a partnership among the Westfield Public Schools, the Westfield PTC Gifted Ed Committee and the Westfield Area Y.  The team is funded entirely by donations and its debaters. The National Speech & Debate Association will award the team a grant based on the number of students who participate in the Big Questions Debate Tournament and fill out the survey.