posted Mar 18, 2013, 12:09 PM by Suzannah Ohring
New this year to the New York City Urban Debate League, the students on the West Side Collaborative debate team are determined to beat the odds and come out on top. Three WSC teams entered the League’s March Public Forum Debate, which was held in Brooklyn on Saturday, and all three teams won a top team award. One team won a top team trophy; they placed 8th out of over 30 teams. Two of our students won top speaker awards.
The Debate League began their tournaments in October; yet the WSC team did not begin competing until February. The team is competing against students who are older and more experienced and meet daily with their coaches. They face steep competition from schools such as TAG, FDA, Baruch and KIPP. However WSC students’ hard work and determination - coming up every day at lunch to research, revise and rehearse their speeches - have enabled them to be extremely successful. Though they debate as individuals or in pairs, they work and prepare as a true team. Their collaboration is commendable and surely a key to their success.
Congratulations to Deborah, Lilly, Miah, Sharon and Tyler on their accomplishments, and a big thank you to the team’s advisor Ms. Hall for guiding them to the top.