Garden State Debate League



Welcome to the Garden State Debate League!


  • Saturday, December 2, 2023 – Stonebridge School
  • Saturday, February 3, 2024 – Cedar Hill Prep School
  • Saturday, March 23, 2024 – William Annin Middle School
  • Saturday, April 27, 2024 – Broad Street School


The topics for the December 2nd Tournament are:

  • Americans should be required to provide one year of national service
  • Organ donation should be compulsory for all US residents.
  • School attendance should be voluntary.
  • Cultural treasures should be returned to their countries of origin.

2022-23 Tournament Dates & Location:  

  • Saturday, December 3 – Saddle River Day School
  • Saturday, February 4 – Cedar Hill Prep School
  • Saturday, March 25 – William Annin Middle School
  • Saturday, April 29 – The Hun School



The topics for the March 25 Tournament were:

  • ChatGPT does more harm than good.
  • Space exploration should be privatized.
  • Abolish the U.N. Security Council
  • Energy drinks do more good than harm.

February 4th Tournament were:

  • Ban single-use plastic water bottles.
  • The internet should be a public utility in the United States.
  • Facial recognition technology does more good than harm.
  • Eating meat is unethical.


December 3 TOURNAMENT:

  • Homework does more harm than good
  • Tik Tok is a bad influence
  • Raise the minimum wage in NJ


FEBRUARY 8, 2020 Debate:

  • All U.S. Presidential primaries should be held on the same day.
  • Disney movies do more harm than good.
  • Major League Baseball’s plan to cut minor league teams is justified.
  • Ban single-use plastic bags.

JUDGE Training:


For more information or to register, contact


Participating Schools:

  • Saddle River Day School
  • Bridgeton Middle School (Bridgeton)
  • Cedar Hill Prep School (Somerset)
  • The Hun School (Princeton)
  • Our Lady of Sorrows (Hamilton)
  • Stone Bridge Middle School (Allentown)
  • The Wilberforce School (Princeton)
  • William Annin Middle School (Basking Ridge)
  • Roosevelt Intermediate School (Somerset)
  • Broad Street School

Program Contact

Alice Uhl, Director of International Scholarship, Shakespeare & Debate

(212) 818-1200, ext. 212




Vivekanand Balija 
President, Garden State Debate League




“Girls I knew who would freak out before every presentation were now walking with their heads held high. Debate took shy, timid students and turned them into forces to be reckoned with. “

Mary Purcell, Middle School Student, Barkalow Middle School, New Jersey