Julia Burke Invitational Largest WUDL Tournament Yet!


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 Am Becoming Book Tour at the Capitol One Arena, free of charge. You can read more about the event here.

  • This was the largest tournament (number of competitors) that we've had, filling every room in Greenbelt Middle School.

  • School without Walls Francis Stevens made their competitive debut, and several news teams observed, who we expect to debut in December.

I'd like to shine the spotlight on a few school's performance:

  • Eastern High School's Chauncey Roscoe and Kaffe Grimes won their school's first trophy, in their 3rd tournament ever. This is the start of a great program at Eastern that we are so proud to support.

  • Northwestern High School essentially started over, as their entire team graduated at the end of 2017-2018. Sophomores Dennis Martinez and Alexa Figoura took home trophies in the JV Division, their school's first trophies ever, in their second tournament ever!

  • Columbia Heights' Jason Guzman and Angel Vasquez, making their debut, took 8th place in the Novice Division and both won speaker awards.

  • Charles Flower's Rophy Paul and Nellsie Harris, who won last month's tournament, went undefeated again, writing them a 1 way ticket to the JV Division.

  • DC International's Djhanir Harris-Smith and Eno Tseng went undefeated as well, with Djhanir winning top speaker.

  • Kenmoor's Michael Settles and Jahi Richie, making their debut in the Junior Varsity Division, went undefeated and won the division.

  • Fredrick Douglass's Marques Anderson was the 3rd overall speaker in the JV Division, his school's first trophy in several years.

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