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

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. ‚ÄúIt was inspiring for Dante‚Äďto say the least‚Äďto meet the president and to hear his encouragement. They talked about Dante‚Äôs role on his debate team,‚ÄĚ gushed a proud Mr. de Blasio this afternoon. ‚ÄúThe president was very encouraging of him,‚ÄĚ he added. ‚ÄúAnd

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.

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

NYC UDL Makes History

HISTORY AT HARVARD! BRONX BOROUGH PRESIDENT RECOGNIZES TOP NYC DEBATERS! Our NYC Great Debaters made history at the Harvard Invitational Tournament after defeating the top ranked debate team in the nation to reach the Semifinals of one of the nation’s toughest tournaments – and an invitation to the Tournament of Champions – the nation’s most prestigious debate tournament! ¬†For the first time in history, students from the South Bronx, Queens,

Debate league reaches out to Houston’s underprivileged students

Houston Chronicle When she joined her high school debate team, college didn’t seem like an option to Maria Alfaro. She came from a single-parent home, had a recently expired visa and was disappointed by what she’d seen of the “American dream.” But when her Costa Rican mother told her, “You have to keep going,” and her debate coach encouraged her to apply for scholarships at the University of Houston, she

Six Urban Debate League Alumns Earn First Round NDT Bids

From NAUDL: The NDT National Committee announced 2013 First Round At-Large Bids this past weekend and among the U.S.’s top 16 debate teams are six former urban debaters: Ryan Wash (Debate! Kansas City) from Emporia State; Elijah Smith (Jersey Urban Debate League) from Emporia State; Kevin Hirn (Chicago Debate League) from University of Michigan; Rashid Campbell (Bay Area Urban Debate League) from University of Oklahoma; and Damiyr Davis (New York