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...

November 19, 2018

Our third tournament of the season is in the books, and 11/17 might be the most memorable day in WUDL history. 

  • Thanks to the generosity of Michelle Obama, 256 members of the Washington Urban Debate League family were able to attend the first day of her I...

October 31, 2018

New teams debuting, lots of observers, more than 100 teams participating....what more can you ask for during an early season tournament? 

October 27th was the first "all team" tournament, as most of Prince George's County made their formal debut. This tournament had tre...

October 1, 2018

7 Rounds, 9 Teams, 26 Hours, and a few judges obligated for another round Sunday morning, and GDS 2018 is in the books.

Big regional tournaments on the Tournament of Champions circuit are all about the clash of big ideas, but they also require a lot of endurance by stud...

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...

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...

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...

May 1, 2017

The last tournament of the year is in the books, and what a year it has been!

The WUDL has grown:

From 7 teams to 29 schools

From 126 students to 318 students

From 65 volunteers to 178 volunteers

The WUDL has flourished:

Qualified two excellent teams to Nationals

Traveled to...

March 18, 2017

The WUDL held their 7th tournament of the year at Wilson High School in NW D.C. This was the last chance for students to practice their skills before the Citi Foundation Urban Debate Regional Finals, hosted this year by Brookland Middle School on April 29th.

The results...