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Bronx Students Win Big at Final Middle School Debate Tournament

Bronx Times

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, IN-Tech Academy hosted the last middle school debate tournament of 2015.

Nearly 175 debaters from across New York City made the trip to compete in three rounds of public forum debate around the issue of standardized testing in K-12 education in the United States. As students filed in, IN-Tech Dean of Discipline and Debate Coach, Wendy Spector and principal, Stephen Seltzer greeted the buzzing group of ten, eleven and twelve- year-old debaters. While students debate both sides of the issue throughout the day, a number of local community judges listened intently and voted for the teams who presented the most nuanced arguments. 

Following round three, the New York City Urban Debate League was presented a check a check from the Macquarie Foundation, after an amazing fundraising effort by Macquarie Group staff. After the excitement of the check presentation, the award ceremony began and Bronx students won top honors with IN-Tech, PS/MS 15, Success Academy HS and Cornerstone Academy for Social Action taking home top team as well as individual speaker awards. The tournament’s top Beginner speaker, Ismail Abalo-Toga of PS/MS 15 competed “maverick,” without the assistance of a partner in this team debate format. This is an especially impressive feat for the extremely bright middle schooler from a school only in its second year with the debate league. While taking a short break for the holiday, the New York City Urban Debate League staff is hard at work with programming for the winter and spring. Stay tuned for information about the first tournament of 2016 in Harlem.

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 Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem, Manhattan, and Queens for all age levels – elementary school, middle school, and high 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 or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Peter Milosheff
Peter Milosheff
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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