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NYC Great Debaters Weekly!

City Championships Results!

Dear Friend,


Second week in a row we shout out our Champions! And a whole bunch of champions we have to shout out! This weekend was the NYC High School City Debate Championships!  2 days of intense debates! 9 rounds of debate! 75 Teams! 30 schools, 143 students, 152 judges, volunteers, parents, and staff! Click here for our top speakers! The debate topics included education reform and presidential military power. The top two teams in each event receive full bids and scholarships to the National Championships! As for our middle schoolers, Day #3 of the City Championships was held in Times Square on Friday to decide the top winners in Parliamentary Debate. Click here. And in collegiate debate, NYCUDL alumni Geordano Liriano of Bronx Law won the National College Debate Championships (CEDA)... going undefeated! Click here. And for the Tournament of Champions - the nation's most prestigious and competitive high school tournament, we had 3 teams qualify! Congratulations to Julio Cordero & Rajendra Sing (Leadership & Public Service High School), Kadiatou Barry & Theodore Puccini (Brooklyn Tech), and Gaia Moisan & Sylvana Widman (Bard Manhattan). Congratulations everyone!!!  





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Summer Debate Institutes!
Elementary Summer Debate Institutes 

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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Women's History Month Girls Debate Tournament 

Friday, Feb 23rd @ Silberman School of Social Work


We celebrate Women's History Month with our second all Girls Debate Tournament of 2018! This tournament we partner with the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute to host an all day tournament and workshop at the Silberman School of Social Work. Both parliamentary and public forum debate will be offered. No need to prepare for the debates! We have a workshop and preparation all morning and debates in the afternoon.

 Click here to register, volunteer or learn more about the Tournament. 


Congratulations to our Debate Champions! The Final Rounds of Middle School Novice and Advanced Parliamentary Debate was hosted on Friday in Times Square. Congratulations to all Finalists from Anderson School, PS 161, and Speyer Legacy School. Congratulations to 1st Place Novice Top Team in the City - PS 161! Congratulations to 1st Place Advanced Top Debate Team in the City - Speyer Legacy! Congrats to coaches Mr. Beattie, Mr. Fox and Mr. Glaser. Thank you to our sponsor of Signature Bank! Congratulations to all City Championship Participants! Click to learn more!  And click here for the complete results of the Middle School City 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


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! Top teams will be invited for another day of incredible debates with Tech Prizes in front of a Tech Audience of Judges! Just a reminder this is not a regular UDL tournament but a States Invitational Tournament and so there are separate tournament fees for this event. All proceeds go to summer debate institute scholarships. Click here to learn more and register for the States Tournament! 




City Champions at Citi Field

Thanks to the Citi Foundation!


100+ Great Debaters signed up the Mets versus Phillies April 2nd, 3rd, and 4th!  Thank you to the NY Mets, Citi Foundation, and National Association of Urban Debate Leagues for Free Tickets to the Games! What a way to spend Spring Break!  From Baseball to The Daily Show to College Visits to more! Click here to learn about our Debate Field Trips! 




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