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NYC Great Debaters Weekly!

SONYC Debate Tournament #1

Dear Friend,


This week we shout out SONYC Debate Tournament #1!!!  We are so honored to partner with the City's largest after school program, Schools Out New York (SONYC) and the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). This is a historical partnership that will bring debate to countless after school programs and students. And what an exciting day of debate for first time students and schools coming together for workshops and a debate tournament! Thank you to so many New Yorkers for making this partnership possible including Keith, Yessica, Stefan, Natalie, Courtney, Loretta, Tyler and all the coaches, teachers, volunteers, staff and students that made this event possible. Click here for Tournament Photo Album. Click here for Tournament Results. And get ready everyone for SONYC Debate Tournament #2 coming up!  





Upcoming Events  

Summer Debate Institutes!
Elementary Summer Debate Institutes 
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NYCUDL Alumni Geordano Liriano

Becomes #1 College Debate Champion!



Congratulations to NYCUDL Alumni, Geordano Liriano (Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice) of the University of Iowa who went UNDEFEATED at the CEDA National Debate Championships. Geo and his partner Sam Gustafson, went undefeated for 12 rounds of debate against 75 of the top debate teams in the country including Cornell, USC, and NYU. And their fellow teammates, Coco Christophersen & Brooke Kimbrough also reached the Finals - closing out the Tournament!!!! This is only the second time in the history of debate that two teams from the same school share the national title. Congrats! Click here for complete article!


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Women's History Month Girls Tournament (3/23)

@ Silberman School of Social Work


Thank you for everyone participating in our March Women's History Month Debate Tournament with the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) on Friday. An incredible day of debates with both high school and middle school young women. Guest speakers, workshops and an afternoon of debates. Thank you everyone for attending our 4th Annual Women's Day History Month Debates! Click here for Tournament Photo Album. Click here for Tournament Results. 


It is almost time for our 4th Annual Kirkland Ellis Debate Invitational Tournament! Thanks to Kirkland & Ellis, New York City's top debaters are provided scholars to participate on the NYC Travel Team that trains together and competes together at some of the nation's top tournaments including Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University and the National Championships. 


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New York State Championships Coming Up!

April 14th-15th - High School States Debate Championships

April 21st-22nd - Middle School States Debate Championships

May 9th - Final Rounds (Middle School & High School)


The State Championships is coming up! The New York State High School Debate Championships will be held on April 14th and 15th. The New York State Middle School Championships will be held on April 21st and 22nd. Thank you to our Sponsor Tech Duels which is making this Tournament the most special ever with Final Rounds on May 9th - all members of the public invited with special Tech Prizes in front of a Tech Audience of Judges! Click here to learn more and register for the States Tournament! 



Join us for the summer of 2018 at the nation's largest debate league and summer program.  NYC Debate hosts seven weeks of summer debate institutes, summer tournaments, summer events, and other fun programs to teach students debate, public speaking, critical thinking, current events and improve reading, writing, and research skills. Our locations include Hunter College, Silberman Graduate School, Columbia University, New York University, Maspeth High School and more! Register now for earlybird discounts!  Click to register!  Learn More!



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