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.