Thank you to everyone attending our first girls debate tournament of the year at the Young Women's Leadership School of Queens. Over 100 students, volunteers, parents and coaches joined us for an all girls debate tournament on topics including the statute of limitations on sexual assault, education reform, and the national public forum debate resolution on Catalonia independence. Debate events featured public forum debate, parliamentary debate, and policy debate. Debate divisions included high school and middle school. You can view complete tournament results by clicking here. And for our Tournament Photo Album, please click here!
Thank you to so many schools and students for attending the tournament! Thank you to BSGE, Dr Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts, HEAF Great Debaters, LAB School, Hunter College High School, Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School, MS 127, Marine Park, IS 278, Midwood High School, PS/IS 266, PS/IS 499, Q300, Stuyvesant, Laguardia, The Chapin School, and The Young Women's Leadership School of Queens.
But more than just a tournament! The event featured guest speakers, Women's History Trivia Contest, Open Mic, Discussion Boards, and more! Prizes included the book "Great Speeches by American Women." All debaters received a copy of "Women Who Shaped America," and "Great Debaters Medal."
Thank you to Principal Pandy and Coach Mr. Contino for hosting the tournament at the Young Women's Leadership School of Queens. Ms. Panday was one of our opening speakers and delivered an amazing speech on the importance of women's leadership. Ms. Panday graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Science and Master’s of Education Degree. She received her Advanced Certificate from the College of Saint Rose.
Our keynote speaker was Scarlett Rebman of Humanities New York who delivered an incredible speech on the power of the humanities for women. She is earning her doctorate from the history department at Syracuse University where she is specializing in modern American social and political history. She received her bachelor’s degree in history and education from Ohio Wesleyan University. Her research interests include the history of social movements; federal anti-poverty and civil rights policies; and the construction of race, gender, and citizenship. Her dissertation explores the intersection of grassroots activism and federal policies in Syracuse, New York between 1935 and 1970. Humanities New York was one of the first sponsors of the Girls Debate League!
Thank you to Neonne Ameer for directing an incredible tournament and leadership of Girls Debate. Thank you to incredible debate staff of Tiara Moultrie, Erika Marte, Sorangel Liriano, Darlyn Arlyn Liriano Estrella, Celines Diana, and many more for your incredible and inspirational work. Thank you to Humanities New York and The New York Women's Foundation for making everything possible. Thank you to Coach Mario Contino and Principal Panday of TYWLS. Thank you to all our volunteers, judges, coaches, parents, students and teachers for making everything possible. Thank you everyone for such an incredible day!
This was an incredible and historic tournament for New York City, the debate community in generation and for our next generation of leaders. Thank you everyone for making possible.