From the Program Director's Desk

Young Women of WUDL Attend National Security Simulation at Finnish Embassy

As part of our partnership with the Forum on the Arms Trade, WUDL students were able to participate at a really cool event at the Embassy of Finland. The event, sponsored by Girls Security, centered around young women interested in pursuing a career in National Security. Women (especially those of color) are not well represented in the security space, and we'd love to have some of our alumni bring their perspectives to the decision-making table someday. Middle School Student Stephanie Macieko had this to say about her experience: "In the beginning, I was a little lost as to what I had gotten myself into...but when we did the simulation, it became very clear. National Security is a lot like d

WUDL Holiday Tournament is Largest Yet!

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,

WUDL Travel Team Has Great Trip to Wake Forest

Just one week after competing in the WUDL Season Opener, some of our top varsity teams hit the road to compete at the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. During the five hour drive to the tournament, the students worked on perfecting their 2AC blocks and negative strategies. Even though the students were from different schools and technically each others competition, they still worked together as one because a win for one was a win for the group and the League! Our debaters got to experience new arguments, judges, and even got a chance to talk to the Director of Debate at Wake Forest University about the team and scholarship opportunities. The trip wasn't just all abou

Capital City's Villaflor and Mallia win 3rd place at New York Fall Face-Off

This past weekend, the Washington Urban Debate League took more than 30 students to the prestigious New York Fall Face-Off. This tournament is a qualifying tournament for the national Tournament of Champions at the end of the year. It brings together the best teams from the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast at Mamaroneck High School just outside New York City. This regional tournament was a grueling 3 day tournament (8 AM - 10 PM), much more intense and challenging than our local competitions (1 day, home before dinner). The headline of the weekend is Capital City PCS's Joey Villaflor and Akesh Mallia. As 8th graders, they were some of the youngest debaters in attendance (this is a high school tour

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