The second annual Atticus Finch Debates took place at Howard University's school of Education, highlighting a budding partnership between the Washington Urban Debate League and DC Public Schools.
The Atticus Finch Debates are the culmination of our Debate in the Classroom program, where all 8th grade students at a DC Public School read Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and participate in several weeks of debate instruction during the 3rd quarter. Each school nominates qualifiers to represent their school, and these outstanding students compete in a tournament against students from across the city.
Last year, Hardy Middle School won the tournament, and enjoyed the program so much that they started a debate team to participate with the WUDL during the academic year as well. This year, Hardy faced off against Capital Hill Montessori in the final round, and again emerged victorious. The students (and coach) from Capital Hill Montessori enjoyed the program, and will be starting a team to compete with the WUDL in the fall as well.
We look forward to expanding this program to more students and more schools in years to come!