Saturday, April 22, 2017 — Our small but mighty inaugural debate team finished out the year at the New York City Urban Debate League Middle School State Championship on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23. Due to our strong showing at the preliminary rounds and at the City Championships, two teams qualified for these championships. The NYCUDL State Championship is comprised of the best of the best, and requires qualification from other tournaments. Students receive bids to the tournament when they excel at local tournaments. Our team was one of the highest recipients of bids per debater. The tournament hosted 35 schools and around 140 of the best competitors in New York.
State Championships Open Public Forum
Jason Lu and Njomeza Pema: Third place
Njomeza Pema: Second best speaker
State Championships Novice Public Forum
Emily Knapp and Darcy Green: Ninth place
Darcy Green also received the prestigious Top Debater award for displaying character and sportsmanship.