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Maspeth Debaters Sweep Tournament

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The Maspeth High School Speech and Debate Team recently swept the the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL), taking the top three spots at the advanced level debate tournament. Students Horia Negru and Arielle Gallegos were undefeated, taking first place, Uros Petrovic and Andy Gonzalez finished second after losing to Negru and Gallegos and Jordy Portugal and Darren Gainza were third. Freshmen Maida Redzepagic and Alen Kolenovic contributed to helping Maspeth take the top school award among competitors fromBrooklyn Tech, Horace Mann, Bard High School for Early College, Queens High Schoolof Sciences, STAR Academy and KAPPA High School.

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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