Manhattan Debate League December Newsletter!

Manhattan Debate League Newsletter 1.2 
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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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Beginner Division 

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  
8. Anderson School BRM 
9. SA Harlem Central BWW
10. Hunter MCM  

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

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  


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)


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! 


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) 


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.


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

Every week the NYCUDL offers Saturday workshops and every weekend our debaters travel to local, regional and national tournaments but we can't do it without YOU! Volunteer and support the NYCUDL as we work to increase debate access and expansion. 

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