MS 202, Robert Goddard School participates in a Middle School Quality Initiative

Queens Chronicle

Middle School 202, the Robert Goddard School in Ozone Park, participated in a Middle School Quality Initiative that promotes literacy through several programs, including debate. On Saturday, March 5, the Debate Team, under the leadership of teacher Robert Lee, tied for first place in the MSQI Urban League Debate Tournament.

The tournament, which took place at Middle School 45 in the Bronx, had students debate on the topic of whether or not military recruiters should be allowed on high school campuses. Students that attended the debate engaged in public forum speaking in the morning. Eighteen students from MS 202 participated in this event. MS 202’s top team, featuring Minhajul Abedin and Rishi Ramkissoon, came in fourth overall.

The school is extremely proud of all of our debate team members: Minhajul Abedin, Isabella Braun, Genaly Burgos, Karla Gamarra, Amanda Jagdeo, Tanzum Kabir, Ariana Lowery, Jordan Ortiz, Ashely Peyasena, Sadia Rahman, Rishi Ramkissoon, Rovaniaina Raveloson, Joshua Rosario, Carlie Salomon, Showda Shahid, Brianna Singh, Joshua Singh, Samantha Sylvain, Sadia Tarin and Tiara Williams.

Thirty NYC/DOE public schools and more than three hundred students participated in this event. The Urban League Debate Championships will be held June 16, at a location to be determined.

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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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