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Geneva School debaters reach Semifinals at State Championship

The Geneva School, 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.

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.

The New York City Urban Debate League
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