East Harlem Middle School Tops the Competition at First Tournament of the Year

NYCUDL Press Release

New York, NY- Nearly 250 middle first parliamentary debate tournament of After a morning welcome by PS 180 debate coach, Lelsey Simmonds, for the tournament, combing through notes and practicing their public speaking skills. awaited the topic announcement, tools necessary to decide individual debate rounds. and college parliamentary debater “participation in debate offers students skills which are critical for college r Parliamentary debate topics change each round and the well prepared gr olds debated topics ranging from a ban on homework in elementary schools. East took home top prizes in the beginner division Emely Martinez-Pichardo winning the coveted place speaker award at the tournament teams place in the top 10 at Saturday looks forward to competing at the February 6 Bronx High School of Science. For more information about the NYCUDL or to volunteer please contact Tiara Moultrie 0089 or tiara@debate.nyc. About the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) is the largest debate league in the nation with debate leagues in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem, Manhattan, and Queens for all school. We believe every school should have a debate team and every student should have access to the best debate education opportunities. Today, over 1000 students and 100 schools participate in our monthly debates. Every day we support debate practices. Every week we offer Saturday workshops and our debaters travel to local, regional, and national tournaments. We also host monthly public debate nights. For more information visit our website www.deba https://www.facebook.com/nycudl EAST HARLEM SCHOOL TOPS THE COMPETITION AT FIRST HARLEM DEBATE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR Nearly 250 middle school students braved Saturday’s showers to compete at the debate tournament of 2016 at PS 180/Hugo Newman College Prepa by PS 180 debate coach, Lelsey Simmonds, students feverishly prepared for the tournament, combing through notes and practicing their public speaking skills. community judges attended an orientation to equip them with the tools necessary to decide individual debate rounds. Jaquan McClure, a long serving volunteer ebater, said he continues to attend each tournament because debate offers students the opportunity to enhance their communications college readiness and success.” Parliamentary debate topics change each round and the well prepared group of ten to thirteen ranging from a ban on animal testing to reinstating the draft and . Following an exhaustive day of debates, Success Academy Harlem in the beginner division with students Kate Gomez, Hailey Lopez and winning the coveted 1st place team award. Emely also claimed at the tournament. In total, Success Academy Harlem East saw teams place in the top 10 at Saturday’s event. The team, coached by mathematics the February 6th middle school parliamentary debate tournament at t For more information about the NYCUDL or to volunteer please contact Tiara Moultrie About the New York City Urban Debate League: The New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) is the largest debate league in the nation with debate leagues in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem, Manhattan, and Queens for all age levels – elementary school, middle school, and high We believe every school should have a debate team and every student should have access to the best debate education opportunities. Today, over 1000 students and 100 schools participate in our monthly debates. Every day we support debate practices. Every week we offer Saturday workshops and our debaters travel to local, regional, and national tournaments. We also host monthly public debate nights. For more information visit our website www.debate.nyc or find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nycudl or Twitter @nycdebateleague

About The New York City Urban Debate League

Our mission is that every school should have a debate team and every student should have the opportunity to the best debate education opportunities. One of the most critical problems in education today is the academic and civic achievement gaps. Our solution is to provide the best college, career, civic, communication and community opportunities through year round academic debate. Each month we work with thousands of students and hundreds of schools. We support debate practices every day, debate centers every week, tournaments every weekend, workshops every month, debate camps all summer, and year round support for any student and teacher. We are one of the the city’s most award winning curricular and extracurricular programs. We have received awards from the White House, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Presidential Commission on the Arts and Humanities, National Institute for Museum and Library Services, The Social Index of Top 100 Nonprofits, BoardSource, Points of Light’s Civic Accelerator, Teach for America, and by the First Lady as “one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the country.” Why Debate? Debate teaches every academic skill and every academic subject. A Great Debater means a person who has the skills and confidence to lead, to speak up, to argue, to question, to read and write to right the wrongs, to know about the world around you, and to change the world around you.

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