KAPPA VI Holds First Rockaway Debate Tournament

Rockawave News

On Saturday, Jan. 16, over 150 middle school students from across New York City gathered at Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy (KAPPA) VI for the first debate tournament ever held in Far Rockaway.

The group of talented debaters argued whether standardized testing is beneficial in K-12 education.

Before the tournament, debaters were treated to words from Councilman Donovan Richards.

The councilman shared with students the importance of public speaking and critical thinking in middle school and beyond.

After sharing what he believed were the immense benefits of participation in a program like debate, he assisted the KAPPA VI team prepare for the day even engaging in a mini-debate with student Elise Slaughter.

With new found confidence the team went on to compete in three rounds of debate where they both affirmed and negated the resolution.

KAPPA VI hosted more than 150 students in Far Rockaway’s first school debate.KAPPA VI assistant principal, Joseph Young was honored to have his school host the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend debate with support from SONYC (School’s Out NYC) which runs after school programming and the New York City Urban Debate League.

Principal Gary Dumornav shared in his excitement, exclaiming that it was a privilege to host Far Rockaway’s first debate tournament.

The school saw students compete in both the beginner and advanced division with advanced debaters, Bianca Maldonado and Serica Lakhram placing in the top five!

With the success of the KAPPA VI tournament they are excited about the possibility of providing even more monthly tournaments, workshops, professional development and other support to start and sustain successful debate teams in the borough.

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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