NYC Great Debaters Swept New York State Championships

Amsterdam News

NYC Great Debaters swept first place in every grade level in the high school and middle school divisions of the New York State Championships. NYC Great Debaters is a free debate program for all schools, students, and teachers in New York City that is designed to build successful and sustainable debate teams in all debate events

Students of NYC Great Debaters at KIPP Amp Public Charter Schools made history at the New York State Championships by becoming the first middle school to win first place the Policy Debate and Public Forum Debate.

"Indeed, we have had our most historic year yet as our Great Debaters compete against the top schools across the nation!" stated Erik Fogel, Executive Director of The New York City Urban Debate League.

Finalists will move on to compete separate competitions in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. throughout April and May.

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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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