From the Program Director's Desk

Volunteers and a growing league

When I started this position, I asked anyone who would take the time to talk to me in the urban debate community what the largest challenge they had was concerning tournaments. The answer was almost unanimous: Volunteers. Where do you find them? How do you train them? How do you retain them? The Washington Urban Debate League started small, relying on my former debate partners and a few former students of mine who attend college in the city, but our network of volunteers has grown far and wide. From pivotal meetings in the elevator of my apartment building to happy hours and references from friends, board members, and donors to friends from Idealist.com, the WUDL can now boast more than 100

Kicking off the new year in style!

The Washington Urban Debate League kicked off its second year with style this past weekend at Banneker High School, our reigning sweepstakes champions. Banneker did a took a good first step towards defending their title, with the team of Evans and Nash taking 1st place in the Varsity Division, and the teams of Crouch and Estrada, and Sadler and Brown also receiving trophies. In the novice division, the team of Peay and Pendleton took second place. Evans and Nash are the first pair of women to win a WUDL tournament, and we're exceedingly proud of their accomplishment. Evans also won top speaker in the varsity division at the tournament. While the Banneker team were excellent hosts, several ot

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