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Winning the Debate

The Queens Chronicle

The prowess of Maspeth High School’s debate team has not been lost on Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who visited the squad of stellar squabblers and other area students last week ahead of the two-week camp put on by the Queens Debate Institute, under the heading of the New York City Urban Debate League.

Students in elementary, middle and high school are eligible to take part in the camp.

Crowley allocated $5,000 to the Maspeth High School debate team in last year’s city budget.

“The community is so proud to have a first-class debate team right here at Maspeth High School and I enjoy seeing the team share their talents with other youth in New York City,” Crowley said in a statement. “I’m pleased so many students are developing that skill so early in life.

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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