This past weekend, the WUDL held its last tournament of 2019, and fourth of the 2019-2020 season. We are officially half way through the debate season!
I'd like to recognize several highlights:
--This tournament was a bit of a coming out party for the School Without Walls debate program. Not only did their Varsity team of Lucy Chamberlain and Zara Escobar have their best finish yet (4th place), but their JV team (Savannah Alexander and Juliette Krevat) won the JV Division, and their Novice Teams dominated the Novice Division, Both Novice and JV teams will be moving up to the next challenge for Jan.
--Center City Brightwood also brought home their first trophies ever. In the Rookie Division, Abigail Newton and Azariah Worku finished 3rd overall., with Azariah and Abigail taking home the 2nd and 3rd speaker awards as well.
--The debate program at Luke C. Moore, DCPS's Alternative High School, made their debut. Steven Jordan led the way, debating alone and finishing with a 2-2 record.
--Raphael Francis continued his rapid ascent through the Divisions, winning multiple trophies in the JV Division in his fourth tournament ever, despite debating alone.
--Wilson High School's Rebecca Khoury and Aalyiha Hatten won their school's first trophy this season.
During the awards ceremony, WUDL Board member Alex Lennon spoke about the importance of research to a debater, both as a life skill (that he has embraced as a foreign policy scholar after his debate career), and as preparation for college.
Thanks to a strong volunteer turnout, we were able to have Paul Kerr of the Congressional Research Service sit down with our coaches for an in depth chat about this year's topic. Many thanks to Paul for his investment in our league!
Next up, Jan. 25th at Paul PCS, to start our national qualifying process. We will have 5 divisions in Jan. and Feb, Rookie, Novice, JV, and then qualifying divisions for Middle and High School. The cumulative records of the Jan. and Feb. tournaments will choose most of our qualifiers (all of our HS nominees, and 4/6 of our middle school qualifiers, the other 2/6 will be chosen by application).
Have a great holiday everyone, we'll see you next year!