NEW YORK CITY URBAN DEBATE LEAGUE MAKES HISTORY AS BROOKLYN TEACH DEBATERS BECOME FIRST ALL-FEMALE TEAM TO REACH FINALS AT NYC INVITATIONAL

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NEW YORK CITY URBAN DEBATE LEAGUE MAKES HISTORY AS BROOKLYN TEACH DEBATERS BECOME FIRST ALL-FEMALE TEAM TO REACH FINALS AT NYC INVITATIONAL New York, NY- October 2015- The New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) had an outstanding showing at the New York City Invitational tournament hosted by the Bronx High School of Science, October 16-18. The NYCUDL saw three all female debate teams reach elimination rounds at the prestigious tournament. The New York City Invitational is a bid tournament for the Tournament of Champions in all speech and debate categories. The highly competitive, premiere tournament saw top debaters from across the northeast debate a myriad of topics. The NYCUDL teams, who compete in policy debate, used the national topic, Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance. Brooklyn Technical High School Seniors, Karease Quashie and Olivia Cherry made history by becoming the first all-female policy debate team to reach finals in the tournament’s 45 year history. Coach and Brooklyn Technical High School alumni, William Cheung who also coached octofinalist Aminata Dieng and Anita Yan said “It is always humbling to work with current Brooklyn Tech students. Olivia and Karease showed tremendous perseverance and I am proud to see their growth as competitive debaters and young women.”Additionally, ACORN Community High School students, Miana Vega and Britani Fraser reached octofinals using a critical affirmative in which they use literature and personal experiences in relation to the surveillance topic. It has been a banner year for the NYCUDL and it is only beginning! 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 school. We believe every school should have a debate team and every student should have access to the best debate education opportunities. Over 1500 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 

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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