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...

March 3, 2019

The 2019 national qualifiers are in the books, and we have chosen representatives for nationals. A huge shout out to our volunteers: We were able to panel the qualifying rounds and provide a true nationals atmosphere. Thank you for all of your great feedback and energy...

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...

November 19, 2018

Our third tournament of the season is in the books, and 11/17 might be the most memorable day in WUDL history. 

  • Thanks to the generosity of Michelle Obama, 256 members of the Washington Urban Debate League family were able to attend the first day of her I...

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 9, 2018

Asha Verma, of Kenmoor Middle School, was named the Matthew H Ornstein Outstanding Debater for the 2018 summer institute. 

This marks the first time that a young woman has won the award and the first middle schooler to take home the prize. 

Asha is a rising 8th grader an...

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...