From the Program Director's Desk

2020 Matthew Harris Ornstein Outstanding Debater Award Winner: Dennis Martinez

Our Summer Debate Institute (in partnership with the Matthew H. Ornstein Memorial Foundation) is named after Matthew Harris Ornstein, a young man who found his voice, his confidence, and a home in the debate community. One of his favorite experiences was his time at summer debate institutes while a debater at Georgetown Day School. He passed away five years ago, and his parents, Norm Ornstein and Judy Harris founded the Matthew H Ornstein Memorial Foundation to support Matthew's passion for debate, and to advocate for mental health resources. Each year, in addition to competitive trophies, a single award is given out at the Ornstein Summer Debate Institute, the Ornstein Outstanding Debater A

6th Annual Harris-Ornstein Summer Debate Institute is a huge success, online!

The 6th Annual Ornstein Summer Debate Institute is in the books, the trophies are being handed out, and students are excited for the coming school year, despite the COVID-19 Pandemic. This was almost the largest, and definitely the hardest program we've ever pulled off, and I must give a huge shout out to Program Coordinator/2020 Camp Director Dara Davis for coordinating this year's program in the face of a pandemic, a new medium. By the numbers: 152 Students 51 Schools Represented 33 Staff Members 17 States Represented 18 Guest Speakers 16 Labs 3 Weeks 1 tired but proud staff! From Program Coordinator and 2020 Camp Director Dara Davis: These are extremely difficult times for a number of rea

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