The American Debate League hosted the Queens Spring Classic Debate Tournament on March 19th. This tournament was held at M.S. 172 located at 81-14 257th street in Glen Oaks, Queens. The tournament featured three levels of middle school public forum debate. There were almost 200 students competing at this tournament. Queens Spring debate tournament winners:
Intermediate division 1st place team: Agape Leaders Institute Erika Lai & Rachel Won
2nd place team: M.S. 172 Baswar Daraman, Angana Saha, & Makayla Rodriguez
3rd place team: M.S. 172 Manreet Ranu & Aliya Abeles
1st place speaker: M.S. 172 Shivangi Rai 2nd place speaker: M.S. 172 Rachel Won 3rd place speaker: M.S. 172 Manreet Ranu
Novice division - 1st place team: Academy Charter School Leimy Morales, Kamani Panthier & Aniya McDonald
2nd place team: I.S. 237 Geeth Palchuri, & Jasveenkaur Wahan 3rd place team: American Dream Charter School Layla Clemente & Melanie Magdrigal
1st place speaker: American Dream Charter School Jacob Ceras 2nd place speaker: I.S. 25 Divya Sarma 3rd place speaker: American Dream Charter School Dream Mclain
First timer's division - 1st place team: P.S. 115 Reid Tujak, Kristy Celina & Elizabeth Hu 2nd place team: P.S. 115 Mariya Siddiqui, Lee Eisenberg, & Kael Careano 3rd place team: West Secondary School Allison Letchford, Jasmine Sanchez, & Elizabeth Alton
1st place speaker: P.S. 115 Lee Eisenberg
2nd place speaker: P.S. 115 Kristy Cetina 3rd place speaker: P.S. 115 Bashan Bhunia
School sweepstakes awards 1st place team: I.S. 237 2nd place team: American Dream Charter School 3rd place team: P.S 115
On Saturday, December 12th, the American Debate League hosted the Queens Fall Classic Debate Tournament at M.S. 172 in Glen Oaks, Queens, NY. As debate programs have been a recent addition to after school programs in Queens, this tournament is notable in that it is one of the first Middle School/Intermediate School debate tournaments hosted in Queens. The competition featured three levels of middle school public forum debate. The American Debate League proudly welcomed schools from across the city for this tournament as well as local queens schools including MS172, MS 74, IS 237, IS 25, and Middle Village Prep Charter School.
Novice division - MS 172 Rida Nasir & Hibah Arshad; Intermediate division - MS 74 Diego Mojica & Weiye Yasen; & Advance division - Agape Leaders Institute, Aditya Sehgal & Viraj Jayam.
In the overall standings, also known as the 'Sweepstakes Award'; MS 172 placed first, followed by MS 74 & IS 237.
Committed to the development of public forum debate in schools, the American Debate League teaches students the fundamentals of public speaking and argumentation for use in the public forum. While engaging in Public Forum Debate; a style of debate characterized by the use of logical and persuasive arguments accessible to a wide audience, students take turns arguing either the 'pro' or 'con' side of a proposed resolution. On Saturday, students debated the question of 'Should the United States accept a higher number of refugees from Syria?'
As a legislator who is often engaged in the public discussion, Assemblyman David Weprin values the development of structural thought, critical thinking and leadership for children and supports the introduction of academic debate in our schools on the elementary, middle and high school levels.