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Bush Institute crowns new champ at annual high school debate competition

Bush Institute crowns new champ at annual high school debate competition

From the Dallas Morning News: UNIVERSITY PARK – Former President George W. Bush crowned on Sunday a new champion in his policy institute’s annual high school economic debate competition, telling the participants that “it’s awesome you’re willing to compete.” Lillie Ouellette-Howitz from Minneapolis South High School in Minnesota won, after she argued that privatization of Mexico’s energy sector would benefit the country’s people. Bush said the subject was “fascinating” and

Barack Obama Gave Dante de Blasio’s Debate Team a Boost

From Politicker Last night, mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio and his son, Dante, met up with President Barack Obama, who proceeded to offer some prize advice to the 16-year-old. “It was inspiring for Dante–to say the least–to meet the president and to hear his encouragement. They talked about Dante’s role on his debate team,” gushed a proud Mr. de Blasio this afternoon. “The president was very encouraging of him,” he added. “And

Urban Debaters Meet with President Obama

  2013 NAUDL Champions meet the President in the Oval Office    2013 NAUDL Champions and NAUDL Executive Director Linda Listrom outside the West Wing after meeting with President Obama   Washington, DC –  August 27, 2013 –  On Monday, August 26, 2013, eight of the 2013 NAUDL urban debate champions and NAUDL Executive Director Linda Listrom met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. The students who attended are Tyler Anderson (New York City


Greetings! This month our Great Debaters were recognized with 4 different presidential honors!  In fact, as we write we are on our way to Washington D.C!  We also travel to Washington to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech and March on Washington.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was also a former debater in school and used his advocacy skills to change the world.

Emporia Wins CEDA & NDT!

From BND EMPORIA, KAN. — For anyone who was there, or watching the video online, it sure looked like Ryan Wash was in full grip of his moment in history. The graduate of Kansas City’s Central High School had six minutes left in a two-hour debate to help his Emporia State University debate team do what had never been done before. Two black men, bringing a fiercely personal style honed in

New York City Urban Debate League Programming Off the Charts!

In our last edition we celebrated the incredible achievements of New York City’s Great Debaters at the New York State Championshipswhere our debaters swept nearly every division and every award!  This weekend we celebrate the New York City Debate Championships! 100 of the top debaters from across the city will compete for the title of City Champion!  While this will be our final NYC tournament of this school year – our top debaters will be competing

New York City Urban Debate Teams Dominate National Qualifiers and NY State Tournament

THE NEW YORK CITY GREAT DEBATERS  WEEKLY  “Be Great! Be a Great Debater!” New York City’s Most Rigorous and  Award Winning Academic Program! STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS! SPECIAL EDITION! NYC GREAT DEBATERS SWEEP  NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS!   KIPP Academy’s Alon and Jenea 2013 State Championships, Semifinalists! Congratulations to all our New York City Great Debaters for sweeping the New York State Championships!!!!!  (Click here for complete results!)  Our teams won 1st Place at

An impassioned debater: St. Paul Central’s Ayaan Natala

Published in Twin Ayaan Natala’s opponent spoke at the ultra-fast clip of experienced debaters. Natala hesitated at the podium. He looked dapper in a suit, “like he was heading to work in corporate America.” Natala wore sweatpants. He consulted a laptop as he spoke. She had scribbled notes on a piece of paper. For some time after her first tournament three years ago, Natala, now a junior on Central

Happy Hour for Friends of the New York City Urban Debate League — April 25th

The New York City Urban Debate League is hosting a Happy Hour for friends and supporters from 6-8pm on April 25, 2013 at the Pranna Restaurant.  The restaurant is located at 79 Madison Avenue, New York, NY. We hope to see all of our friends there to celebrate this year’s many accomplishments — rapid growth of the league, White House Award, TOC qualification, and many others — and to learn