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Dante DeBlasio Wins State Debate Championships

The Daily News

Dante de Blasio’s not at a loss for words.

The First Son won a state debate championship Sunday along with his partner, a fellow student from Brooklyn Technical High School.

Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray attended the championship match at Stuyvesant High School, where Dante, a senior, and his partner Samuel Eluto, a Brooklyn Tech junior, debated a pair of students from Bronx Science on environmental preservation.

Dante told The New York Times, which first reported his victory, that he felt “really satisfied” with his performance.

“I felt like all the work I had done up until this point had really been worth something.”

His parents were thrilled.

“Congratulations Dante, Sam and your amazing coaches on winning the State Championship for Policy Debate!” McCray tweeted on Thursday.

The First Family celebrated the victory by dining out at Bogota, a Colombian restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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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