The ballots are in, the school is cleaned up and locked down, and we have our national qualifiers. After battling it out for 8 rounds of power paired competition, two teams emerged:
Ntangu and Dupree
DuVal High School
Tezi and Jackson
Bowie High School
Ntangu and Dupree finished 8-0, the only undefeated team after the two parts of the qualifying tournament were over, an incredible feat.
Tezi and Jackson finished 7-1, losing only to Ntangu and Dupree, but finished with a solid lead over our runners up from Banneker and DuVal in speaker points,
Ernest Ntangu started debating as a freshman last year, and didn't really have a partner, so he bounced around between all three divisions, (actually making his debut in Varsity) wherever he could find someone willing to debate with him. He attended the Matthew H Ornstein Washington Summer Debate Institute, worked hard, asked lots of questions, and has emerged 6 months later as a national qualifier.
Ernest's story is representative of the hard work that all four debaters have put in. Ngu Tezi, Kamryn Jackson, and Ernest are all sophomores, while Danielle Dupree is the eldest qualifier, a junior. Neither team, from Bowie, or DuVal, is even the "senior" team representing their school. Both team's captains are older and more experienced, but ultimately fell just short of qualifying to their younger teammates.
I am extremely proud of our qualifiers, and think they represent the best the WUDL has to offer. I challenged our judges to look for teams that had gone the extra mile to be prepared, and I believe we found them. Keep up the hard work everyone, I look forward to working with you to prepare for the Urban Debate National Championship (and for years to come!)