From the Program Director's Desk

Awards Season!

The WUDL has been racking up some additional awards! DuVal Senior Jonathan Collins was just nominated for the Presidential Scholars Program, a prestigious award that only a handful of groups can even nominate students for. His combination of leadership, scholastic achievement, and debate prowess made him an obvious nominee. Jonathan, the previous winner of the Ornstein Outstanding Debater Award (2016) and HS Debater of the Year (2017) has won everything that we offer. WUDL Program Director David Trigaux was just named one of the After School Association's Next Generation Leaders for 2019. The award recognized young leaders in the education/non-profit sector who have an innovative and out siz

WUDL Winter Classic begins National Qualifiers!

Over MLK weekend, the Washington Urban Debate League hosted the WUDL Winter Classic at Alice Deal Middle School. Despite dire warnings of snow and cancellations, we persevered and the weather was surprisingly pleasant (at least compared to expectations). This tournament marks the beginning of our national qualifying process for the Urban Debate National Championships, both at the middle and the high school levels. The UDNCs will be held in D.C. again this year, high school at Georgetown University and middle school at Hardy Middle School, a WUDL partner school in Georgetown. In the High School Qualifying Division: DuVal's Ernest Ntangu (a qualifier last year) and Jonathan Collins (a runner u

The WUDL is Hiring!

The Washington Urban Debate League is very excited to announce that we will be hiring at least one additional full time staff member in Spring 2019! Over the last four years, the WUDL has been the sole labor of Program Director David Trigaux (me), our Board, and a host of excellent volunteers. As we've grown from a small non-profit serving 100+ students at 7 schools to working with 500 students from 40+ schools in multiple counties, our needs have changed, and the organization needs to grow to continue to sufficiently support our partner schools and students. We will post both positions after our next board meeting: Director of Development: This individual will be responsible for ensuring th

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