NYC MIDDLE SCHOOL TOURNAMENT RESULTS! (12/14/13)

Over 400 New Yorkers passionate about debate came out on Saturday despite blizzard warnings and snow all day for record attendance at our Middle School/Elementary School Tournament #3! 62 Public Forum Debate Teams debating immigration reform! 43 Parliamentary Debate Teams debating standardized testing, stop and frisk, and voting! 14 Policy Teams debating Latin American economics! A room filled with elementary school students studying impromptu speaking! And over 130 volunteer judges supporting New York City’s Great Debaters! 

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Click here for Middle School Tournament Results or http://goo.gl/2Arw3q

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Join the Manhattan Debate Club on Saturdays! The NYC Debate Club meets nearly every Saturday during the Fall and Spring Semesters for practices and debate tournaments. The Debate Club is open to all grade levels – elementary school, middle school, and high school. Students also have the opportunity to participate in local, city and regional tournaments. Each week special guest lectures join the group to provide debate instruction and training. Learn more - http://debate.nyc/programs/club/

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Berkeley Carroll Hosts MS Parliamentary Tournament #3

Over 215 outstanding middle school debaters made the trek to Brooklyn to compete in the final parliamentary debate tournament of 2015! Schools from as far as Staten Island joined us to debate some of the most pressing social and political issues of today including birthright citizenship, repealing the 2nd amendment and affirmative action. Congratulations to all students who competed on the 5th. A sincere thank you to the staff, volunteer judges, coaches and parents who helped make the tournament a huge success! 
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TOURNAMENT RESULTS 

Beginner Division 


Teams 
 
1. Speyer Legacy SKM  
2. Hunter LDJ 
3. The Salk School CMT 
4. SA Harlem East RGM  
5. SA Harlem East SMP 
6. Speyer Legacy HM  
7. OLGC JMF 
8. Anderson School BRM 
9. SA Harlem Central BWW
10. Hunter MCM  

 
 
Speakers 
 
1. William Janaecke (OLGC)
2. Grace Kyte (Speyer Legacy)
3. Ben Hammock (Speyer Legacy)
4. Victor Mvemba (Speyer Legacy)
5. Anastasia Choo (Hunter)
6. Sahill Hosalli (The Salk School)
7. Madeleine Murray (Speyer Legacy)
8. Zachary Cohen (Hunter)
9. Alina Davydov (Hunter)
10. Keyanna McBride (The Salk School)
 
 

Advanced Division


Teams 
 
1. Hunter LAG 
2. Anderson School SBT  
3. The Salk School SGK  
4. Anderson School MUN  
5. The Salk School EGT  
6. Speyer Legacy GE 
7. Hunter LSK 
8. South Orangetown AWM 
9. Hunter TKR  
10. The Salk School BLG  
 

Speakers 

1. Sam Markoe (South Orangetown)
2. Dashaun Conde (P.S. 161)
3. Tiago Gonzalez (Speyer Legacy)
4. Ben Slater (Hunter)
5. Adam Light (Hunter)
6. Leo Greenberg (Hunter)
7. Lark LePage (The Salk School)
8. Kavitha Sriskanda (South Orangetown)
9. Max Eastwood (Speyer Legacy
10. Sam Brody (Anderson)
 
 

COMPLETE TOURNAMENT RESULTS 

MS Parliamentary Tournament # 3- December 5, 2015
HS Tournament # 2 (Policy)- November 21, 2015
HS Tournament #2 (PF/Parliamentary)- November 21, 2015 
MS Parliamentary Tournament # 2- November 14, 2015 
MS PF/Policy Tournament #2- November 7, 2015 

News Around Manhattan 

 
Students from PS 161, Success Academy Harlem West and PS 180 attended an Intelligence Squared constitutional law debate on Thursday, December 3rd. Students heard professionals including former high school and college debater, Erwin Chemerinsky debate whether the equal protection clause forbids racial preferences in state university admissions. Watch the debate, including an audience question from PS 161 debater, Herbert Espinal here

Congratulations to Manhattan Debate Club student Sekou Cisse (Success Academy HS) on advancing to Quarterfinals and receiving a 13th place speaker award in Varsity LD at the Princeton Classic. 

Congratulations to Stuyvesant HS at the Electric City Debate Tournament in Scranton, PA!! Congrats to Fabrizio & Wargo (2nd Place in the entire tournament!, 6th Place Overall Seeded Team), Ng & Fomina (8th overall seeded team and reached the Octafinals!), Leyderman & Chen (12th overall seeded team). Andrew Wargo (5th Overall Top Speaker), Julianna Fabrizio (10th Overall Top Speaker), Sara Ng (11th Place Overall Top Speaker). 
 
A huge shout out to PS 180/Hugo Newman College Prep School for hosting the 1st tournament of the new year on Saturday, January 9, 2016! 

UPCOMING EVENTS 

12/12/15- MS PF/Policy @ IN-Tech Academy (Bronx)
12/12/15- HS PF/Policy/Parliamentary @ William C. Grady (Brooklyn)
12/19/15- HS PF/Policy (Non-UDL) @ Regis HS (Manhattan)
1/9/16- MS Parliamentary @ PS 180 (Harlem) 

JANUARY DEBATE TOPICS 


Policy (Year long) 


Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.
 

Public Forum 


Resolved: On balance, economic sanctions are reducing the threat Russia poses to Western interests.
 

Parliamentary 


This House would ban animal testing.
This House would ban homework for elementary school students.
This House would reinstate the draft.

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Shout outs to Manhattan Debaters from PS 161!

Shout outs to Manhattan Debaters! Students from PS 161, Success Academy Harlem West and PS 180 attended an Intelligence Squared constitutional law debate on Thursday, December 3rd. Students heard professionals including former high school and college debater, Erwin Chemerinsky debate whether the equal protection clause forbids racial preferences in state university admissions. Watch the debate, including an audience question from PS 161 debater, Herbert Espinal

Video Link

http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/1406-the-equal-protection-clause-forbids-racial-preferences-in-state-university-admissions

Congratulations to Manhattan Debate Teams at the Princeton University Tournament!

Congratulations to NYC debate teams at the Princeton University Tournament!!! Congratulations to Success Academy’s Sekou Cisse (13th Place Top Speaker, Varsity LD, and our summer debate camp instructor!) Congratulations in Public Forum Debate to Hunter High School! David Maluf (6th top speaker). Moriarty & Pillinger – Semifinals! Hunter MM – Maluf & McCord (Semifinals). Hunter BF Benson & Fried (Octofinals). Hunter KR Doron & Kraebber (double octos). Hunter KR – Karri & Rozos (Triples) Congratulations to Bronx Science! Joshua Zakharov (10th place top speaker!) Joshua and his partner Bardin reached Double Octofinals! Bronx Science GB Guenzburger & Bardey (Triples).

Intelligence Squared Debate Night!

Every month Intelligence Squared and the New York City Urban Debate League partner up! Intelligence Squared hosts monthly adult debates in Lincoln Center featuring the world’s most prominent experts on monthly topics. This month featured a debate on racial preferences which included some of the most noted constitutional and public policy experts including  Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of UC Irvine Law School. Mr. Chemerinsky wrote an article in support of urban debate leagues “Inner City Schools Suffer when when debaters go silent.”

THE VIDEO

http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/1406-the-equal-protection-clause-forbids-racial-preferences-in-state-university-admissions

DEBATE TOPIC – THE EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE FORBIDS RACIAL PREFERENCES IN STATE UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS

The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that: “No State shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Yet many state universities give substantial preferences to certain races in their admissions decisions. In Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978), the Supreme Court approved such preferences, but the case was close, and controversial, and the question will be back before the Supreme Court this term. One side may argue that these preferences level the playing field, remedy prior discrimination, and enhance diversity within the classroom, thus redeeming the true promise of equal protection. But the other may say that these preferences – in favor of some races, at the expense of others – are racial discrimination pure and simple, the precise evil that the Equal Protection Clause was intended to forbid.

THE RESEARCH

http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/1406-the-equal-protection-clause-forbids-racial-preferences-in-state-university-admissions

THE RESULTS

http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/1406-the-equal-protection-clause-forbids-racial-preferences-in-state-university-admissions

THE DEBATERS

http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/1406-the-equal-protection-clause-forbids-racial-preferences-in-state-university-admissions

OR THE MOTION

Roger Clegg.  President & General Counsel, Center for Equal Opportunity.  Roger Clegg is president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity. He focuses on legal issues arising from civil rights laws – including the regulatory impact on business and the problems in higher education created by affirmative action. A former deputy assistant attorney general in the Reagan and Bush administrations, Clegg held the second highest positions in both the Civil Rights Division (1987-91) and in the Environment and Natural Resources Division (1991-93). He has held several other positions at the U.S. Justice Department, including assistant to the solicitor general (1985-87), associate deputy attorney general (1984-85), and acting assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Policy (1984). Clegg is a graduate of Yale University Law School.

Stuart Taylor, Jr.Nonresident Fellow, Brookings & Co-Author, MismatchStuart Taylor, Jr. is an author, freelance writer, lawyer, and nonresident fellow with the Brookings Institution. Often called one of the nation’s leading legal journalists, he frequently writes on the Supreme Court and a wide range of legal and political issues. Stuart has coauthored several critically acclaimed books, including Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It (2010) in which he and Richard Sander explain how racial preferences harm minority students. He is currently coauthoring a book on the campus rape panic, focusing on how politicians, academics, and the media railroad the falsely accused. He wrote for The New York Times from 1980 to 1988; American Lawyer Media from 1989 to 1997; National Journal and Newsweek from 1998 to 2010; and various publications since 2010. He graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and practiced law with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering from 1977 to 1980.

AGAINST THE MOTION

Deborah ArcherDirector, Racial Justice Project & Professor, New York Law SchoolDeborah N. Archer, an expert in the areas of civil rights and racial discrimination, is a professor of law at New York Law School, where she also serves as co-director of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law, dean of diversity and inclusion, and director of the Racial Justice Project. She was previously an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where she litigated at the trial and appellate level in cases involving affirmative action in higher education, employment discrimination, school desegregation, and voting rights. She was also a fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union, where she was involved in federal and state litigation on issues of race and poverty. Prior to joining NYLS, Archer was an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP. She has participated as amicus counsel in several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Fisher v. University of Texas.

AGAINST THE MOTION

Erwin Chemerinsky,  Dean, University of California, Irvine School of Law

Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding dean, distinguished professor of law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in political science. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. Previously, he taught at Duke Law School, where he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award, USC School of Law, UCLA School of Law, and DePaul University College of Law. He is the author of eight books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court (2014), and more than 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. In January 2014, National Jurist magazine named Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the U.S.

November Manhattan Debate League Newsletter!

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On Saturday, November 15, 2015 Anderson and the Computer School hosted Middle School Parliamentary Debate Tournament #2. The tournament saw huge numbers with 241 debaters competing across two divisions. The tournament also saw several schools competing for the first time including  Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Success Academy Bed-Stuy and the Dream School. Thank you to coaches Michael Fox and Josh Weissberg, as well as the administrators, school safety officers and janitorial staff at Anderson and the Computer School for their patience, hospitality and support. Congrats to all who competed! We can't wait to see our middle school parliamentary teams again on December 5th at Berkeley Carroll! 
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Parliamentary Debate Tournament Results 

Beginner 

 
Teams 

1. Anderson School UNM 
2. SA Harlem East QPG 
3. The Salk School of Science CHT  
4. Hunter LJD  
5. I.S. 230 Magnet HBS  
6. The Computer School LHC  
7. SA Harlem East DGP  
8. Anderson School RBM  
9. Anderson School CAF  
10. P.S. 161 REJ  

 
Speakers 
 
1. Kristoff Misquitta (Anderson School)
2. Samantha Perez (SA Harlem East)
3. Matylda Urbaniak (Anderson School)
4. Noah King (South Orangetown)
5. Willmer Rosario (P.S. 161)
6. Lynn Collardin (Anderson School)
7. Nasya Quinn (SA Harlem East)
8. Nyomi Russo (P.S. 161)
9. Lidianny Vargas (P.S. 161 Pedro)
10. Adam Senhaji (SA Harlem East)
 

Advanced 
 

Teams 
 
1. Hunter TKR  
2. Anderson School SLB  
3. The Salk School NPC  
4. P.S. 161 SCE  
5. The Salk School BLK  
6. The Salk School HN  
7. The Salk School CGC  
8. Anderson School SSM 
9. Hunter JBS  
10. The Salk School SGS  

Speakers
 
1. Felix Roz (Hunter)
2. Herbert Espinal (P.S. 161)
3. Sam Brody (Anderson School)
4. Sara Stebbins (Anderson School)
5. Oliver Lopez (Anderson School)
6. Wolff Gilligan (The Salk School)
7. Zachary Canale (The Salk School)
8. Andrew Eastwick (The Salk School)
9. Nate Kruger (Hunter)
10. Teddy Tawil (Hunter)
 
 
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NYC Debate Club 

 
The NYC Debate Club meets nearly every Saturday during the Fall and Spring Semesters for practices and debate tournaments.  The Debate Club is open to all grade levels – elementary school, middle school, and high school. Students also have the opportunity to participate in local, city and regional tournaments. Each week special guest lectures join the group to provide debate instruction and training. 
 

Past Tournament Results 


Middle School Parliamentary Tournament #1 10/10/15 

Middle School  PF Tournament #1 10/24/15

High School Tournament #1 10/24/15 

Upcoming Events 


11/18/15- Intelligence Squared Debate- email tiara@debate.nyc for tickets 
11/21/15- HS Tournament # 2 (Policy Debate)- ACORN Community HS (Brooklyn) 
11/21/15- HS Tournament #2 (PF & Parliamentary)- Sunset Park HS (Brooklyn)

11/21/15- Manhattan Debate Club Thanksgiving Party- email erik@debate.nyc for information 
12/3/15- Intelligence Square Debate- email tiara@debate.nyc for tickets (event is capped) 

12/12/15- MS Public Forum Debate #3- IN-Tech Academy (Bronx) 
12/12/15- HS Tournament #2 (Policy Debate)- Bronx Collaborative HS (Bronx)
12/12/15- HS Tournament #2 (PF & Parliamentary-TBD 

 

Columbia University Debate Center 


Every Thursday from 4-6pm, students are encouraged to visit the Columbia University Debate Center. Top debate coaches  from across the city provide instruction and assistance on the fundamentals of debate with topics ranging from how to research to how to cross examine. If  interested in joining, us please RSVP to Erik Fogel, erik@debate.nyc
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Inner-city schools suffer when ‘debaters’ go silent

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By Erwin Chemerinsky

In the film The Great Debaters, inspired by the powerful story of a debate team at a small all-black Texas college, Denzel Washington’s character, professor Melvin B. Tolson, challenges his students to understand that “debate is combat, but your weapons are words.”

Tolson’s message to his class at Wiley College in Marshall is that if they master the use of language, fine-tune their intellect and sharpen their minds, then nothing can stop them, not even the fact that they are black students in the Jim Crow South.

In both the film and real life, this message rang true as members of Wiley’s debate team used their skills to overcome tremendous odds. They defeated a variety of more prestigious universities and produced such accomplished debaters as James Farmer Jr., a 14-year-old prodigy who later created the Congress of Racial Equality.

Washington, the actor, has donated $1 million to revive Wiley College’s debate team and ensure that future students heed Tolson’s message, but a lot of urban public schools are struggling to do the same. They have suffered budget crises over the past few decades, and few have been able to maintain consistent commitments to their debate programs.

Over the years, the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues — a partnership of public schools and private non-profits — has tried to remedy this. Since the late 1990s, more than 37,000 urban public school students have competed in debate leagues in 18 cities.

Research shows that participation in organized debate leagues improves literacy scores by 25% and grade point averages by 8%-10%. And while many urban debaters come from schools where most students do not go to college or receive a high school diploma, almost 100% of urban debaters graduate from high school and more than three-quarters go to college.

My own career is a testament to the benefits of debate. I grew up in a working-class family on the south side of Chicago. Neither of my parents attended college. During my first week of high school in September 1967, I wandered into the initial meeting of the debate team. It captured my interest and for the next eight years, all four years of both high school and college, interscholastic debate was at the center of my education and my life.

Debate taught me skills in analysis, research and public speaking. Debaters spend a year intensively researching a complex topic and developing sophisticated arguments about it.

Debate also teaches invaluable life lessons, perhaps most profoundly about dealing with victory and defeat. Other than my parents, the two people who had the greatest effect on my life were my high school and college debate coaches, Earl Bell and David Zarefsky. Not a day goes by that I do not use the skills and lessons I learned in debate in my teaching, my writing and my advocacy in courts.

The problem, though, is that debate programs require money, for coaches and for attending and organizing tournaments. Financially strapped inner-city schools rarely have been able to provide these resources. For example, in the Chicago area where I grew up, major tournaments often did not have a single team from a Chicago public school. Urban Debate Leagues were created to rectify this.

Hollywood at its best does more than entertain. By telling a story based on real life and with compelling characters, movies can raise awareness on important issues.

I want others to share the experience that Washington’s film movingly portrays. I hope the film can inspire much more support for and participation in high school debate. All students across the country deserve the opportunity to experience the thrill of intellectual activity and the triumph of overcoming adversity through hard work.

Erwin Chemerinsky is the Alston & Bird Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University.

USA Today, January 31, 2008, Page 11A

(http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20080131/opcom_thurs.art.htm)

NYC Debate Center Presents Eli Jacobs!

 

Every Saturday the NYC Urban Debate League hosts debate workshops facilitated by master debate coaches and alumni. Today, Eli Jacobs (see full biography below) presented a workshop on Impact Calculation and weighing in debate rounds.  Eli debated at Centerville High School and Harvard University. At Centerville, he won the MBA tournament and was a two-time quarterfinalist at the Tournament of Champions. At Harvard, he was part of the #2 ranked national partnership, which won multiple tournaments as well as elimination rounds in three separate National Debate Tournaments. He was also the top speaker at Kentucky, USC, Fullerton, and the Dartmouth Round Robin. After college, Eli worked for two years on nuclear and biological weapons policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He then worked for two years with federal law enforcement agencies implementing Palantir data integration and analysis software. He is currently a member of the data analytics team at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. Eli has extensive debate instruction experience. He taught a lab at the Miami University and Dartmouth, worked as an assistant coach at Harvard, and directed a debate clinic at CSIS, where he co-authored the debate manual Leadership through Persuasion.  Debate has been at the core of Eli’s successes, and he is passionate about making similar opportunities available to students in NYC.

Anderson and the Computer School host November Middle School Debate Tournament!

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Anderson and the Computer School host November Middle School Debate Tournament! On Saturday, November 15, 2015 Anderson and the Computer School hosted Middle School Parliamentary Debate Tournament #2. The tournament saw huge numbers with 241 debaters competing across two divisions. The tournament also saw several schools competing for the first time including Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Success Academy Bed-Stuy and the Dream School. Thank you to coaches Michael Fox and Josh Weissberg, as well as the administrators, school safety officers and janitorial staff at Anderson and the Computer School for their patience, hospitality and support. Congrats to all who competed! We can't wait to see our middle school parliamentary teams again on December 5th at Berkeley Carroll!

Louis Vuitton Debate Night!

Congratulations Middle School Debaters Tonight! Our Second Annual Louis Vuitton Debate Night! Thank you to PS 180, Harlem Success West Debate Team, Harlem Success East Debate Team, Berkeley Carroll, and 2012 White House Speaker Starr Arroyo of Bronx Law. The debate topic tonight celebrated National Arts and Humanities Month. The topic was: This house believes that artistic expression should never be censored.

Columbia University Debate Center Fall Semester!

Columbia University Debate Center Fall Semester! Every Thursday from 4-6pm, students are encouraged to visit the Columbia University Debate Center. Top debate coaches from across the city provide instruction and assistance on the fundamentals of debate with topics ranging from how to research to how to cross examine. If interested in joining, us please RSVP to Erik Fogel, erik@debate.nyc.

PS 161 Hosts Manhattan Debate Tournament

Last Saturday, PS 161 hosted our first middle school tournament of the year.  Thank you to Mr. Beattie and his incredible debaters, all our volunteers, parents, staff and everyone for making our first tournament such a success!  Congratulations to all participating students!

Top Team Awards

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Top Speaker Awards

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Top Schools Awards

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3g0zAxaoj0sd1RxM0hDTGoxS1k

SCHOOL SWEEPSTAKES AWARDS

1st Place – Hunter

2nd Place – Speyer Legacy School

3rd Place – Salk School of Science

4th Place – Anderson School

5th Place – SA Harlem East

6th Place – PS 161

7th Place – Berkeley Carroll

8th Place – IS 230 Magnet School for Civics

9th Place – The Computer School

10th Place – South Orangetown

11th Place – SA Harlem West

12th Place – Inwood Academy for Leadership

TOP SPEAKERS (ADVANCED DIVISION)

1st Place – Samuel Ahn (Hunter)

2nd Place – Matthew Xing (Hunter)

3rd Place – Vivian Fang (Anderson School)

4th Place – Emily Levitz (Salk School)

5th Place – Tiago Gonzalez (Speyer Legacy)

6th Place – Shaye Martin (Speyer Legacy)

7th Place – Max Li (Hunter)

8th Place – Charlotte Ritz-Jack (Speyer Legacy)

9th Place – Graham Stuard (Salk School)

10th Place – Andrew Grinzayd (Salk School)

TOP SPEAKERS (BEGINNERS DIVISION)

1st Place – Sara Stebbins (Anderson School)

2nd Place – Joseph Yu (Anderson School)

3rd Place – Kristoff Misquitta (Anderson School)

4th Place – Helena Milburn (Anderson School)

5th Place – Yoheidy Felize (Speyer Legacy)

6th Place – Jenna Mackenroth (Speyer Legacy)

7th Place – Souvann Hunter (SA Harlem East)

8th Place – Kate Gomez (SA Harlem East)

9th Place – Hannah Heeger (Computer School)

10th Place – Angel Ravelo (SA Harlem East)

TOP TEAM AWARDS (ADVANCED DIVISION)

1st Place (Undefeated) – Leo Greenberg, Forrest Bicker, Matthew Xing (Hunter)

2nd Place (Undefeated) – Felix Roz, Nate Kruger, Teddy Tawil (Hunter)

3rd Place (Undefeated)  – Emily Levitz, Zoe Woolrich, Christy Hwang (Salk School)

4th Place (Undefeated) – Jackson Trader, Theo Green, Andrew Eastwick (Salk School)

5th Place (Undefeated) – Max Li and Samuel Ahn (Hunter)

6th Place – Jaclyn Josephson, Cahrlotte Ritz-Jack, Shaye Martin (Speyer Legacy)

7th Place – Caitlyn King, Vivian Fang, Pratham Rabat (Anderson School)

8th Place – Lance James, Andreas Pasahos, Jeremy Kim (Hunter)

9th Place – Lucas Stettner, Morgan Seaburg, Ethan Nanavati (Salk School)

10th Place – Anan Abrar, David Solecki, Eric Luo (Hunter)

TOP TEAM AWARDS (BEGINNERS DIVISION)

1st Place (Undefeated) – Sara Stebbins, Kristoff Misquitta and Joseph Yu (Anderson)

2nd Place (Undefeated) – Jose Burgos, Troy Henry and Jeniyah

Martinez (PS 161)

3rd Place (Undefeated) – Jenna Mackenroth and Yoheidy Felize (Spreyer)

4th Place (Undefeated) – Helena Milburn and Naomi Schwartzburt (Anderson)

5th Place (Undefeated) – Madeline and Victor (Spreyer)

6th Place – Angel Ravelo, Kate Gomez and Souvann

Hunter (Success Academy Harlem East)

7th Place – Matylda Urbaniak, Jason Lam and Monserrate NavarroGarzon (Anderson School)

8th Place – Danisha Peguero, Indonesia Omega and

Adam Senhaji (Success Academy Harlem East)

9th Place – Rodel Perez, Amyalyn Centeno and Linton

Davis (Success Academy Harlem East)

10th Place – Jorge Chavarria, Taina Carbuccia and Ashley

Michel (Inwood Academy)

Manhattan Debate Club!

SATURDAY WEEKLY DEBATE CENTER

About Saturday Debate Center
Every Saturday our Debate Center is open at our office. Workshops on different debate topics, break out labs by debate event, practice debates, debate tutoring, office hours, snacks, prizes and more! New to debate? Learn debate! New to coaching debate? Come by for a coaching session. Practice rounds for your team? Bring your debate team! Practice for the Travel Team! 

 This Week’s Lecture Topic

Judge Adaptation

This Week’s Lecture Presenter
Mr. Kezoh, St. John’s University Debate Team. B.A. Government and Politics; Rhetoric and Communication Studies; Philosophy, Presidential Scholar; Honors Program Certificate, Summa Cum Laude, Winner of the University of Vermont Huber Debate Championship, Quarterfinalist and 11th best speaker at US BP Nationals, Finalist at over 10 National BP tournaments

Weekly Saturday Debate Workshop Schedule
11:00am-11:30am – Debate Skills Presentation
11:30am-12:00pm – Public Forum Debate Lab
11:30am-12:00pm – Parliamentary Debate Lab
11:30am- 12:00pm – Policy Debate Lab
12:00pm-1:00pm – Practice Debates
1:00pm-2:00pm – Open Lab Hours, Advanced Debate Lab, Travel Team

How to Sign Up
If your school is a member of the NYCUDL, click here to sign up for workshops!

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If your school is not a member of the NYCUDL, click here to sign up for debate club and join the NYC Debate Team!http://debate.nyc/programs/club/

NYCUDL Alumni at the White House!

Shout outs to alumni and student debate coach Isabelle Klinghoffer! After high school she was accepted to New York University and just completed a six month fellowship at the White House where she worked on speechwriting and communications for Vice President Biden! Among the speeches she worked on was his Iraq Policy speech and Yale Commencement Address. She was also selected as one of two students to serve as President’s Obama’s Foreign Policy leads where she advised the National Security Council on millennial outreach for the 2016 ISIS Counterterrorism strategy. Isabelle as a middle schooler and high school was a champion debater but more importantly a champion debate coach. She volunteered and taught at several of our summer debate institutes and mentored youth in the NYC Urban Debate League and shared her passion for debate and public speaking with hundreds of students. Isabelle is a great example of taking your debate and public speaking skills and applying to public service and changing the world around you. Congratulations Isabella!

NYC Debate League Rings the Bell for the Closing of the NASDAQ!

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We’re ringing the bell for the close of NASDAQ!  The NYC Debate League was honored to join some of New York City’s top nonprofit youth education groups to ring the bell for the closing of the NASDAQ!  We thank the Catalog for Giving for the opportunity to attend this incredible event.  Thank you to Sorangel Liriano for representing the NYC Urban Debate League! Sorangel has been involved in the league since a high school freshman – first as a debater and then as a coach. Sorangel received a full scholarship to Columbia University where she is now a Sophomore – and still coaching debate. You can see Sorangel at our weekend debate tournaments, directing tabroom!  Finally, thank you to NASDAQ for this incredible opportunity for our debaters! 

NYCUDL Debaters on Fox News Tomorrow to Comment on the Presidential Debate!

NYCUDL middle school debaters were invited to Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld Show to comment on the first Republican Presidential Debate!  The show will be at 10:00pm on Sunday, August 9th as well as 1:00am on August 10th and Saturday August 15th, 10:00pm.  You can watch the show on Fox News Channel or the website, http://www.foxnews.com/shows/greg-gutfeld-show.  Thank you to Coaches Tyler Beattie (PS 161) and Maria Williams (Harlem Success Academy) and our incredible debaters: Aida Bathily, 10th Grade SA Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts, Bintou Cisse 8th Grade SA Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts, Silma Bathily 7th Grade Success Academy Harlem West, Chase Earland 7th Grade Success Academy Harlem West, and Fiery Guapa, PS 161. Thank you to the Greg Gutfeld Show and NBC News for featuring our debaters!

MANHATTAN HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER DEBATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Our Manhattan High School Summer Debate Tournament concluded last week with Dan’s Debates!  Thanks to Councilmember Dan Garodnick for hosting another summer of debates! This is the third consecutive summer of debates at Hunter College made possible by Council Member Dan Garodnick.  The Manhattan High School Summer Debate Tournament was the culminating event after two weeks of our high school summer debate institute at the Silberman Graduate School of Social Work.  Thank you to all our instructors, volunteers, coaches, teachers, students, interns, staff, parents and everyone for making the Manhattan Middle School Summer Debate Tournament possible!  Tournament results below!

Complete Results

Schematics

Top Speakers

Top Team Awards

TOP TEAMS

ADVANCED POLICY DEBATE

1st Place – Shawn Hseuh & Abdullah Ridawan

2nd Place – William Lin & Manasi Singh

3rd Place – Elizabeth Wu & Anaz

4th Place – Fariha Rahman & Ian DeSoucey

5th Place – Naya Mason & Andrea Reid

ADVANCED PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE

1st Place – Max Chung & Feiry Guaba

2nd Place – Mathias Salmon & Julie Kuang

3rd Place – Haley Resnick & Jada Yang

4th Place – Syu Caballero & Julio Cordero

5th Place – Lawshawn Miller & Justin Thomas

BALI PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE

1st Place – Jennifer Tham & Julie Woundenberg

2nd Place – Zoe Wong & Teseeten Lhamo

3rd Place – Sharon Lu & Similejesu Sonubi

4th Place – Afiya Letford & Alice Xu

5th Place – Jenny Chen & Jourdan Smithwick

NOVICE PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE

1st Place – Sam Ebersole & Nick HIll

2nd Place – Sarah Thomas & John Mcihael McCann

3rd Place – Wonyoung Shin &* Jersemy Kim

4th Place – Karen Kwok & Wai Sze Fong

5th Place – Meghan Kwong & Layla Weiss

TOP SPEAKERS

ADVANCED POLICY DEBATE TOP SPEAKERS

1st Place – Manasi Singh

2nd Place – Abdullah Ridawan

3rd Place – Shawn Hsueh

4th Place – Naya Mason

5th Place – Andrea Reid

6th Place – Elizabeth Wu

7th Place – Ian DeSoucey

8th Place – Anaz

9th Place – Fariha Rahman

10th Place – William Lin

ADVANCED PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE TOP SPEAKERS

1st Place – Mathias Salmon

2nd Place – Feiry Guaba

3rd Place – Jada Yang

4th Place – Max Chung

5th Place – Haley Resnick

6th Place – Julie Kuang

7th Place – Syu Caballero

8th Place – Julio Cordero

9th Place – Lashawn Miller

10th Place – Justin Thomas

BALI PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE TOP SPEAKERS

1st Place – Sharon Lu

2nd Place – Tseten Lhamo

3rd Place – Jennifer Tham

4th Place – Julie Woundenberg

5th Place – Nurie

6th Place – Nancy Fung

7th Place – Jessica Zhou

8th Place – Samantha Potter

9th Place – Agatha Advincula

10th Place – Sidikha Ashraf

NOVICE PUBLIC FORUM TOP SPEAKERS

1st Place – Sarah Thomas

2nd Place – Wai Sze Fong

3rd Place – Sam Ebersole

4th Place – Nick Hill

5th Place – John Michael McCann

6th Place – Layla Weiss

7th Place – Karen Kwok

8th Place – Moctar Fall

9th Place – Meghan Kwong

10th Place – Wonyoung Shin