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...

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 12, 2018

The first tournament of the Washington Urban Debate League's 2018-2019 season is in the books! Hosted on the beautiful, newly completed campus of DC International, teams from across D.C. and a few from Prince George's County gathered to debate immigration reform, this...

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...

March 20, 2018

This past weekend, March Madness came to the WUDL. As students and volunteers alike checked their phones and sought updates on the weekend's NCAA tournament, students competed in their last tune-up before our district tournament on April 14th. 

This tournament included...

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...