A team from Montpelier High School took top honors today in a statewide public forum debate tournament. Ethan Backus and Lauren Canales made up one of 14 debate teams from around Vermont that gathered at the Statehouse.
They beat out another Montpelier team, Colleen Noonan and Brendan Lacillade, in the final round after three preliminary rounds. Noonan won the award as the best single speaker at the daylong debate meet.
Debaters had to defend or oppose a statement saying student aptitude should be assessed through standardized testing, without knowing ahead of time which side they would have to take.