From the Program Director's Desk

January 31, 2019

Over MLK weekend, the Washington Urban Debate League hosted the WUDL Winter Classic at Alice Deal Middle School. Despite dire warnings of snow and cancellations, we persevered and the weather was surprisingly pleasant (at least compared to expectations). 

This tournamen...

August 7, 2018

The 2018 Ornstein Summer Debate Institute was bigger, longer, and better than ever! More students (138) participated than ever before, even more than we were expecting, and did so for two weeks instead of one, a sign of growth and maturity of our summer program. The pr...

April 17, 2018

This weekend marked the end of the WUDL regular season, a year of tremendous growth and excitement for the Washington Urban Debate League. More than 140 more debaters came out this year and the level of competition increased substantially. Great stories abounded, inclu...

December 20, 2017

Debate is in some senses a contradiction, an activity that defies categorization. Students practice, compete in tournaments against other schools, represent their school, and get college scholarships for their success in ways usually reserved for sports teams, yet deba...

November 7, 2017

The WUDL competitive season continued at Greenbelt Middle School this past weekend, and was our largest tournament ever, featuring 265 students from 35 schools.

To put this season's rapid growth in perspective, 308 students attended at least one WUDL tournament in the 2...

October 17, 2017

240 students. 27 schools. 76 judges. A ridiculous (in a good way) number of parents, administrators, and other observers. 7 teams entered at least 7 teams, showing growth within schools. Its so easy to measure success by numbers and let them tell the story of an event...

August 17, 2017

The trophies have been handed out, the rooms cleaned up, and the students have gone home. The 3rd annual Matthew H Ornstein Washington Summer Debate Institute is in the books, and was a big success. Compared to previous institutes, there were several big changes:

--Host...

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