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Hi Friend,  

Wow! What a weekend! Last weekend, 1000+ New York City students, parents, volunteers, teachers, coaches, staff and interns participated in 6 debate events! 130 NYCUDL debaters invited to Michelle Obama's speech at Barclays! 210 NYCUDL debaters participating in our Parliamentary/City Council Debate Tournament in Washington Heights at Inwood Academy! 365 debaters participating in our Public Forum Debate Tournament in the Bronx at IN-Tech Academy! Our High School Public Forum Travel Team competing at Princeton University! Our High School Policy Debate Travel Team competing at Mamaroneck Invitational Tournament. And our staff and debaters invited to the screening of "Harlem Legacy" about Harlem's PS 161 Debate Team. But that's only the beginning! A record 200+ judges, staff, parents, volunteers, and interns made this historic weekend possible! And that's only the beginning! We had a record #GivingTuesday campaign to kick off our end of the year campaign! Thank you to the so many who donated - without your support none of our work is possible. Thank you to the Association for Legal Administrators (ALA) for hosting a fundraising event and donating all proceeds to the debate league!

Next up is High School Tournament #3 at Brooklyn Tech! We are expecting 250-300+ debate teams and 400-600 students. So please sign up to judge by clicking here!  And that will be our last tournament of 2018! 

Thank you once again for everyone's support to make all our work possible. And a special shout out to Michelle Obama for her incredible support of urban debate leagues across the nation! Erik,

“Maybe you could be a mayor or a senator or a Supreme Court justicebut you might not know that until you join the debate team."

- President Barack Obama

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THE FLOW!  Weekly Highlights of Everything NYC Debate!  

Friday-Sunday (11/30-12/2) Princeton University High School Debate Invitational.IMG_1752

Shout outs to a record NYCUDL turnout! Congratulations to Epic South, Law Leadership, Westfield, Bard High School, Beacon School, Midwood High School, City College. Thank you to NYCUDL Travel Team Coordinators - Amisha, Stefan, Rose and Larry! Thank you to all our debaters for participating in our weekly Varsity Debate Practices on Wednesday open to Varsity public forum debaters. Learn more about our Travel Team. Click here for Photos.

Friday-Saturday (11/30-12/2)  Mamaroneck High School Policy Debate Invitational. HUGE SHOUTOUT to Brooklyn Tech's Hannah Ravenell and Solenne Wolfe for their outstanding performance at the NY Fall Face-off Round Robin yesterday. Tech Ravenell/Solenne Wolfe ended as the 2nd Place overall team in a very competitive field featuring amazing northeast debate programs such as Edgemont, North Star and Thomas Jefferson to name a few. Hannah was also 3rd Place speaker overall! Learn more about our Travel Team.

Saturday (12/1) Middle School Tournament 3! middle school 5Thank you to Inwood Academy and IN-Tech Academy for hosting MS Tournament #3! 50 schools! 574 debaters! 165 judges! 2 schools hosting! 3 debate events! 7 debate divisions! Over one dozen debate topics!  Over 100 medals and trophies!! Thank you all for an incredible weekend! Click here for Tournament Video! Click here for Tournament Photos! Click here for Tournament Results!

Saturday (12/1) Michelle Obama at the Barclays Center! becoming michelle obama With not 1, 2, 3, but 4 NYCUDL tournaments on Saturday, what a way to end the day at the Barclays with Michelle Obama!! An amazing and inspiring speech! Thank you to Michelle Obama for providing 130 free tickets to the event for NYCUDL high school students! What an amazing and magical evening. Learn more about NYCUDL field trips! 

Sunday (12/2) & Wednesday (12/5) Screening of "Harlem  Screenshot 2018-12-09 16.56.25Legacy" and Panel! NYCUDL honored to attend African Diaspora Film Festival (ADFF) at Teachers College, Columbia University for advance screening and Panel Talk of the documentary of Harlem's PS 161 Debate Team! Huge shout outs to PS 161 Debate Coach and NYCUDL Parliamentary Debate Director, Tyler Beattie and PS 161 debaters. Huge shout outs to filmmakers SUSHANA DUBREIL and GENESIS TUYUC. Thank you to Panel Moderator, Clemencia Acevedo. Click here for theTrailer!

Thursday (12/6) Tech Duels Debate. In partnership with TechDuels, the New York City Urban Debate League hosted a Tech Debate Night, Thursday, December 7th, with 100+ attendees. The topic was on Public vs. Private Blockchains. MVD (Most Valuable Debater) award, a GoPro, went to Alex Tsankov, who was also in the winning team, Team Public, who was awarded $250 gift cards each. Team Private, was our Runner Up team and awarded $150 gift cards each. Click here for Photo Album. Thank you to Tech Duels for supporting scholastic debate in NYC!
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Debate Coaches! Sign Up for Debate Con XI, January 28th

Debate Con is New York City's Debate Educators Conference for all teachers! Hosted on each of the Chancellor Professional Development Days, Debate Con is a full day of workshops, guest speakers, networking, panels and Coach Happy Hour. Click below to learn about previous Debate Cons and more! Click here to register!

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University of Pennsylvania Travel Tournament Coming Up! February 8th-10th

Our next Travel Team Tournament is in February at the University of Pennsylvania. Schools should sign up now! The NYCUDL provides monthly Travel Practices, meals, tournament scholarships, and coaching at tournaments. Learn more about the Travel Team by clicking here. Thank you Brown Rudnick for your support! Click here to register for Pennsylvania!  January 11th is the NYCUDL deadline and our Travel Practice is on January 26th!


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