From the Program Director's Desk

August 8, 2019

Our summer institute 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 passe...

January 31, 2019

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 tournamen...

October 31, 2018

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 tre...

October 1, 2018

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 stud...

August 7, 2018

The 2018 Ornstein Summer Debate Institute was bigger, longer, and better than ever! More students (138) participated than ever before, even more than we were expecting, and did so for two weeks instead of one, a sign of growth and maturity of our summer program. The pr...

May 15, 2018

This year, the Washington Urban Debate League partnered with the Citi Foundation to hold a series of debates about financial literacy.

Students attended a workshop series where financial professionals from Citibank, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Consumer Financial P...

February 13, 2018

The ballots are in, the school is cleaned up and locked down, and we have our national qualifiers. After battling it out for 8 rounds of power paired competition, two teams emerged:

Ntangu and Dupree

DuVal High School

(Below)

Tezi and Jackson

Bowie High School

(Right)

Ntangu...

November 7, 2017

The WUDL competitive season continued at Greenbelt Middle School this past weekend, and was our largest tournament ever, featuring 265 students from 35 schools.

To put this season's rapid growth in perspective, 308 students attended at least one WUDL tournament in the 2...