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

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,

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

Participating in a policy debate program and academic achievement among at-risk adolescents in an urban public school district: 1997–2007

This study investigates the relationship between participating in a high school debate program on college-readiness in the Chicago Public School district over a 10-year period. At-risk school students were identified using an index including 8th grade achievement, poverty status, and enrollment in special education. Regression analyses were used to assess the association between debate participation and graduation and ACT performance. Overall, debaters were 3.1 times more likely to graduate from