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Hundreds of Students Attend Local Parliamentary Debate Tournament to Argue Key Social and Policy Issues

NYCUDL Press Release

New York, NY – November 16, 2015- Anderson and the Computer School played hosted to over 300 debaters, coaches, parents and volunteer judges on Saturday, November 16, 2015. The District 6 schools who share a building on W. 77th Street, have had thriving parliamentary debate programs for over two years. Coaches Michael Fox and Josh Weissberg pulled double duty preparing their scholars before each round of debate and handling tournament hospitality. Students debated whether businesses should have the right to refuse service, U.S. - China relations and whether juvenile offenders should be tried as adults. The incredibly well prepared middle school students presented their speeches in front of volunteer and community judges.


Academic debate gives middle school students the opportunity to hone their research, public speaking and critical thinking skills at an earlier age than most. In addition, parliamentary debate fosters civic engagement, allowing students to comment on current domestic affairs.  


The tournament saw three schools from various boroughs, compete for the first time. After three rounds of competitive debate, students were treated to a special performance by the Anderson School band. One of the home schools, Anderson, took home first place beginner team and speaker awards. Rounding out the top 5 beginner teams were Success Academy-Harlem East, The Salk School of Science, Hunter and I.S. 230.  Top 5 advanced schools included Hunter, Anderson and P.S. 161 and the Salk School of Science. Congrats to all who competed! For more information about the NYCUDL or to volunteer please contact Tiara Moultrie at


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. Today, over 1000 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 or find us on Facebook or Twitter @nycdebateleague


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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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