High School Coaches Weekly - Debater of the Year Nomination! Alumni of the Year Nomination! Debate Con Registration!

by Erik Fogel | Jan 17, 2019 9:54:44 PM |

High School Debate League


Hi Everyone!  Thank you for attending High School Tournament #4 on Saturday!!! We thank the Calvin Coolidge Foundation for the generous sponsorship of not just the tournament but providing 12 full scholarships to the top 2 teams and top ten speakers in Varsity Public Forum Debate to attend their summer debate camp and compete on the July 4th Coolidge Cup for $10,000 in scholarships! This is our fourth year in partnership with the Coolidge Foundation and so please remember for next year of this special opportunity for your varsity debaters. Click here for our Tournament Blog of photos, videos, and complete results!!! 


Coming up Next!!!  Debate Con on January 28th!!!  And please submit your nominations for Student Debater of the Year and Alumni Ambassador of the Year! 



1. Winter Debate Con Registration Open!  January 28th! Click here to sign up! 

Ask your Principal about January 28th which is Chancellor Professional Development Day!!! Teachers have the day just for Professional Development! Students have the day off! With permission, many teachers attend our Debate Educator Conferences instead of in-house school based professional development. Additionally, we are always looking for guest speakers and workshop leaders! Contact us at info@debate.nyc  Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour, Networking, and great workshops all day long. Sign Up Now!!!! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-debate-con-2019-conference-for-debate-educators-debate-con-xi-tickets-49553979286.  You can see our Schedule for the day by clicking here! 


2.  Debater of the Year Nomination! DEADLINE - FEBRUARY 8TH! 

The Debater of the Year and their partner will automatically qualify to the 2018 Urban Debate National Championship Tournament.  The Debater of the Year will also deliver the Key Note address at the Annual Dinner preceding the tournament.


Click here for Debater of the Year Application


Click here for more information about Debater of the Year!



3.  Alumni of the Year Nomination!  DEADLINE - FEBRUARY 8TH! 

The Alumni Ambassador program gathers a prestigious and diverse group of 14-16 dynamic and motivated leaders, who are the young adult face of the urban debate community. Ambassadors will work with students leading up to the Urban Debate National Championship and help administer the tournament in April. NAUDL covers flights, hotels and meals for Alumni Ambassadors. What is awarded? (a) A unique mentoring and community opportunity for urban debate alumni. (b) The opportunity to mentor current debaters and learn new skills throughout the weekend.  (c) Represent the urban debate community at the Annual Dinner.  (d) Attend a training in Chicago in April and the UDNC in Washington, D.C. in April. (e) All meals, lodging and travel expenses will be covered for both trips.


Click here for Alumni Ambassador Application

Click here for Recommendation Form

Click here for Brochure



4.   HS Public Forum City Debate Championships Update!!  Financial Literacy Debate Topic and Coach Stipends Coming Soon! 

Sponsored by Citibank!  Financial Literacy Topic!  Coach Stipends for Title I Schools!  And more! Our March City Championships High School Public Forum Debate Division will feature a unique Financial Literacy Topic sponsored by Citibank which will be sponsoring the tournament and also generously providing $500.00 coach stipends for NYC Title I school coaches to participate!!!!   You heard that right!!!... Get Paid for Attending City Championships!!!!  Not sure if we can do this every year. But this year thanks to the generosity of Citibank, lots of exciting opportunities at the Citi Championships. We are still finalizing debates.  More information so far - https://www.debate.nyc/financial-literacy-debates./   The topic for High School Public Forum Debate City Championships is : 

Resolved: It is a better financial decision to use discretionary income to pay down debt than to use discretionary income to invest in a retirement account.  Materials will be available and more information later! 


5.   High School States Championships Bids Updates!!! 

At City Championships, each high school can send two teams per division and per event!  Totally up to you what teams!!! Have your own mini tournament! Select based on overall record!!  or other method!  For State Champs however, it is through "bids" - at least 2 winning record tournaments... with the same partner!! More info and bid list on our State Champs website - https://www.debate.nyc/the-new-york-state-debate-championship



6.  Student Tournament Internship Application

 Have students Interested in getting more involved? Interested in doing other things besides debating? Need an internship for high school, college or career? Then apply for our Student Tournament Internship Program. We are looking for high school students and upper middle school students interested in helping at tournaments in all the different ways how tournaments run. Learn more by clicking here: https://www.debate.nyc/tournament-internship


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