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City Championships this Weekend! 

Dear Friend,

This week we shout out our City Champions! This weekend the NYC Middle School City Championships was held. Thank you to our hosts - PS 161 and Hamilton Grange Middle Schools! Thank you to Signature Bank for making everything possible. Thank you to 37 schools, 276 students, 227 volunteers, guests and community members for your inspirational and incredible participation!  2 days of debate + 3 debate events + one dozen different debate topics = 1 magical weekend. Congratulations to all participants! Click to learn more.


And next weekend is our High School City Championships!!! Every NYC high school is invited to send their top two debate teams per debate event and division. The top two varsity teams and their coaches in each event will receive full qualification and scholarships to compete at the National Association of Urban Debate League's National Championship (Policy Debate) and the National Debate Coaches National Championship (Public Forum Debate). Today is the deadline to sign up - 5pm!!  Click to learn more.  





Upcoming Events  


6/2 - NYC Debate Club

July Summer Debate Institutes
July 2nd-7th - Harlem Debate Institute (TBA)


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. 

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Sign up by TODAY!!!  5pm!!!  March 12th!!!  for the 2018 New York City High School City Debate Championships! Every NYC high school is invited to send their top two debate teams in each debate event and division. This is a two day debate event. The top two varsity policy debate teams will receive full scholarships to the National Urban Debate Championships and the top two varsity public forum debate teams will receive full scholarships to the National Debate Coaches National Championships. And Saturday to kick off the event is our Annual Breakfast of Champions! Thank you to the Manhattan Borough President's Office for sponsoring. Register by 5:00pm Monday to participate! Click here to learn more! 


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Middle School City Championships Results! (3/11-3/12)


Congratulations everyone for a historic Middle School City Championships! 5 Preliminary Rounds on topics including Presidential Power, Deadly Force for Self Defense, Legalization of Gambling, Draft, Hate Speech, Plastic Bags, Social Media, Public Transportation, Punishing Juveniles as Adults, Teacher Merit Pay, Genetically Modified Food, National Language, Second Amendment, Legalization of Physician Assisted Suicide. Thank you to 37 schools, 276 students, 227 volunteers, guests and community members for your inspirational and incredible participation!  Thank you to Signature Bank for making this event possible! Click here to check out the Top Twenty Speakers in each debate event and division! 


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Do not have a debate team at your school? Join the NYC Debate Club! We meet on Saturdays at our Office (25 Broadway, 9th Floor, 10am-12pm) for drop in debate practices for 5th – 12th grade students.  All students participating in Debate Club are eligible to participate in tournaments. Virtual resources are available if you are not able to attend all practice sessions. Click here to register. 



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