From the Program Director's Desk

Washington Urban Debate Season Continues at Capital City

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 tremendous novice turnout, with more than 200 novices attending Debate 101 Workshops. As an early tournament, we provide these workshops to make our early tournaments especially novice friendly. If we can help more students get up to speed and catch the debate bug, the better! A big shout out to all of our wonderful volunteers who stepped up to teach these workshops: Matt Rose, Aaron Torop, Monica Hanratty, Jon Alfuth, David Siedm

WUDL Season Kicks Off With a Bang @ DC International

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 year's topic. The first tournament of the year is always difficult, may students are debating for the first time, most students and judges are new to the topic, and there is some rust for our tournament administrators. We decided to complicate this further by testing two systems that we hope make our tournament operations easier in the future. 1. E-Ballots: For those that want to, you can now sign up for an e-ballot, allowing y

Coaching as an Alumni: Keoni Scott-Reid named new Director of Debate at Washington Leadership Academ

My name is Keoni Scott-Reid, and 4 years ago my relationship with WUDL started on the 3rd floor of the Hill Center with reusable water bottles that smelled awful, and bumbling high schoolers bumping into each other. Our tournaments are not that much different in nature now, and since graduating and becoming an alum and Instructor for the league, the excitement and rush of the tab being put out, is no longer as exciting. I miss being able to debate! The question I get asked all the time is; what has debate taught you, and I have found the answer. First, revolutionary academic discourse almost always starts with a little bit of trolling , and second is that debating gives a voice to the voicel

The WUDL is growing! Kicking off the 2018-2019 Season with 10+ new teams!

The WUDL is growing once again! We are excited to announce partnerships with 10 new schools in D.C. for this coming season. 1. Ballou High School 2. Capital Hill Montessori 3. Eastern High School 4. El Haynes High School 5. Friendship Collegiate Academy 6. Friendship Southeast 7. Friendship Woodridge 8. Ron Brown College Pre 9. Thurgood Marshall Academy 10. Wheatley EC Demand for high quality debate programs and well run tournaments in D.C. and Prince George's County is off the charts, and we look forward to continuing to grow and serve more schools and students in our community.

WUDL Travel Team shines at Georgetown Day Invitational

7 Rounds, 9 Teams, 26 Hours, and a few judges obligated for another round Sunday morning, and GDS 2018 is in the books. Big regional tournaments on the Tournament of Champions circuit are all about the clash of big ideas, but they also require a lot of endurance by students, coaches, and volunteers. This is a tough tournament, drawing students from across the Mid Atlantic and New York, and as far away as Florida and Michigan. The judges are all experienced and expect a lot, and almost all of the competitors attended rigorous summer debate institutes like at Universities like Dartmough, Michigan, and Northwestern. We couldn't be prouder of all of the students who participated this year from t

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