This past weekend, the students from the WUDL participated in multiple national tournaments, the Urban Debate National Championship and the MS Urban Debate National Tournament. We had quite a weekend.
By the numbers:
Entries in HS: 2 Teams (DCI, DuVal)
Entries in MS: 6 Teams (Kenmoor, Greenbelt, Hardy, and Washington Latin)
Teams in elimination rounds: 6
Teams with losing records: 0
Speaker Awards: 7
Times we've won these awards before: 0
DuVal's Jonathan Collins and Ernest Ntangu finished as the 9th best team in the nation. They broke to elimination rounds, and lost the octo-final round on a 2-1 decision. Jonathan was named 10th overall speaker.
DC International's Paola Almendarez and Lola Rogin were the only freshmen in the tournament, but still finished with a 3-3 record. They rallied from a 0-2 start, a testament to their resilience and character.
Aisha Bah and Maya Cleveland (Kenmoor) won the Urban Debate MS National Championship. They didn't lose a single round the entire tournament, dominating the competition.
They weren't the only standout WUDL students in the competition:
Greenbelt's Chloe Mshana and Isabel Ramirez finished in 2nd Place
Greenbelt's Christione Elizabeth Johnson and Lexi Clarke finished 3rd
Kenmoor's Asha Verma and Isatou Jawara were Quarterfinalists
Hardy's Katrina Tracy and Juliette Krevat were Quarterfinalists
Washington Latin's Jackson Lewis and D'Andre Person were 11th overall
1st: Aisha Bah, Kenmoor
2nd: Chloe Mshana, Greenbelt
3rd: Maya Cleveland, Kenmoor
4th: Asha Verma, Kenmoor
5th: Christione Elizabeth Johnson, Greenbelt
9th: Isatou Jawara, Kenmoor
14th: Juliette Krevat, Hardy
Of the teams that broke to elimination rounds at the middle school level, 3/4 semi-finalists were from the WUDL, and 5/8 of the quarter-finalists. Additionally, all 10 members of the 5 teams in elimination rounds were incredible young women.
We are so proud of our competitors. They show the rigor and high expectations we have for students in the WUDL, and the hard work that students across the region are doing.