Disembodied Voices Heard Throughout Washington Urban Debate Halloween Tournament

The pandemic sent us online, but couldn't stop us from enjoying the spooky spirit of Halloween. During this weekend's tournament, more than 100 teams competed in the Washington Urban Debate League's 2nd tournament of the year. The majority of our debaters were in costume, and even many of our coaches and staff got in on the fun!

We had four new programs join us this weekend:

- Bard Early College High School - Richard Wright High School

- CMIT Academy

- Friendship Tech High School

Congrats to the winners of our Costume Contest:


Minna Balk, Capital City (above)

Micaiah Fagan, Creative Minds

Autumn Jamison, Stuart Hobson


Coach Plaisted, Stuart Hobson (left)

Coach Proch, Stuart Hobson (They coordinated)

Coach Quinn, Croom Independent

We also saw several teams make their 2020 debuts, with Hardy Middle School leading the way there by winning the Rookie Division (and Hardy Debater Daniela Mendoza winning Top Speaker). Basis, Washington Latin, and Capital City also had undefeated Rookie teams, with Creative Minds rounding out the top 5. Capital Hill Montessori won their first trophies, an 8th place finish by Briscoe/Bernhardt, who also won a speaker award.

In Novice, it was the Croom and Banneker show, with Banjo/Atuonah winning the Division (and 2nd and 5th speakers), and Banneker's Clarke/Missouri and Bowman/Cardona in 2nd and 3rd. Basis's O'Sullivan/Durand, Deal's Farrell/Pfaffenroth, and Walls' Harris-Smith/Bello (DJ was top speaker) were also undefeated, with many teams ready to move up to JV.

In JV, Damilola and Precious stole the show, taking 1st place and the Top Speaker award. They were followed by Brosowsky/Becker from Deal, Bishop/Beauvais from Walls, and McCauley/Sousa from DCI, all of whom finished undefeated. Phelps continued what is shaping up to be their most successful season ever with another trophy winning performance,

In Varsity, Capital City's Green/Dickens won their first tournament, (and were the 2nd and 3rd speaker), though MS Nationals Champion Samantha Perkins took the Top Speaker Award. Washington Latin had their best Varsity results ever, with a 3rd place finish, and we were very excited to welcome New Carrollton and Banneker back to the Varsity Division.

Join us November 13-15th for the Urban Debate Dragon Invitational, the first TOC qualifier hosted by an Urban Debate League, and our traditional Thanksgiving Throwdown for those not competing regionally!

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