From the Program Director's Desk

March 3, 2019

The 2019 national qualifiers are in the books, and we have chosen representatives for nationals. A huge shout out to our volunteers: We were able to panel the qualifying rounds and provide a true nationals atmosphere. Thank you for all of your great feedback and energy...

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 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...

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...

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...

February 21, 2017

This past weekend, the WUDL held our 6th tournament of the year. This tournament stood out for four reasons: 

  • Our largest tournament yet

  • The introduction of a Junior Varsity Division

  • Served as the 2nd half of our national qualifier in the Varsity Divi...

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