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Early Scholars Learning Center students are top Elementary Parliamentary and Public Forum Debaters

Queens Chronicle, December 22, 2016

The Debate Team from the Early Scholars Learning Center in Fresh Meadows was just cited as the top Elementary Parliamentary and Public Forum Debaters in New York City. The Early Scholars’ debaters won big at the NYC Urban Debate League Elementary Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 10!

This most recent achievement follows a series of prodigious victories starting from 2015, when Early Scholars won a top sweepstakes honor in the Public Forum Debate Style Tournament held by the largest citywide debate league in the nation. In May 2016, they won first-, second-, and third-place honors in the Parliamentary Debate Style Tournament. This past Saturday, the Early Scholars’ debaters continued to demonstrate their prowess with one debater winning the top speaker gavel award, another debater tied for the second-place speaker award, and the undefeated team holding one of the top spots at third place. “By far, the most unexpected blow to the opposing teams was delivered by the youngest Early Scholars’ debaters,” said CEO, Dr. Erin Jacques. The two second-grade debaters won team awards, one of whom tied several contestants for the third highest overall points.

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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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