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New York City Urban Debate League Teams Continue to Dominate Across Regional Tournaments

NYCUDL Press Release

12/8/15- New York, NY- Two New York City high schools proved their ready for national competition as they showed their dominance at the Electric City tournament in Scranton, Pennsylvania, December 3-7, 2015. After advancing to Semifinals, Brooklyn Technical High School’s Karease Quashie and Olivia Cherry received their second bid to the Tournament of Champions, the nation’s most prestigious high school debate tournament. The team who just two short months ago became the first all-female duo in New York City Invitational history to reach finals has had continued success throughout the northeast. Quashie and Cherry weren’t the only Brooklyn Tech team to flex their debate muscles in Pennsylvania with Juniors, Ashley Yan and Aminata Dieng reaching Octofinals. In addition to their success in the Varsity/Open Division, Brooklyn Technical HS Novice, Ayla Misbah and Kayla Leong advanced to Quarters. Stuyvesant High School also saw tremendous success among their new debaters at the Electric City Debate. Novice Julianna Fabrizio and Andrew Wargo reached the Finals. Debaters, Sara Ng and Sasha Fomina would advance to Quarterfinals before dropping a hard fought round to a team from Maryland. Congratulations to all the New York City teas that competed at the tournament. We will continue to follow both schools as they prepare for the Lexington Winter Invitational next month. 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 1500 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

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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