Whitney Young Wins National Debate Championship

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The good folks at the Chicago Debate Commission, one of 26 urban debate leagues around the country, wrote in to tell me the good news that Whitney Young's debate team won the 2010 National Championship in Debate

Kansas City, MO -- the first urban squad to win the national title.  The team of Misael Gonzalez and Kevin Hirn beat Rowland Hall High School from Salt Lake City, Utah. The Whitney Young team is coached by Andrew Nishioka and Jeff Scheur.  Congrats to all.  Full press release and pictures below.  

Press release:

Whitney Young High School of the Chicago Debate League

Wins 2010 National Championship in Debate

 

 

Kansas City, MO - Whitney Young High School yesterday won the 2010 National Championship in Policy Debate at the National Forensic League National Championship tournament over the weekend in the Park Hill schools in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Whitney Young team of Misael Gonzalez and Kevin Hirn beat Rowland Hall High School from Salt Lake City, Utah, in the Final Round this afternoon.  The Whitney Young team is coached by Andrew Nishioka and Jeff Scheur. 

                 

The debate team at Whitney Young High School is part of the Chicago Debate League, one of 26 Urban Debate Leagues around the nation.  Whitney Young is the first Urban Debate League team in history to win the National Championship in debate.  Urban Debate Leagues build competitive academic debate programs - historically the province of affluent suburban and private schools - in urban public school systems. 

 

Misael Gonzalez is the son of immigrants from Mexico, neither of whom graduated from high school.


The Chicago Debate League was founded in 1995 as a partnership between the Chicago Debate Commission and Chicago Public Schools and currently serves 51 high schools and 12 middle schools in Chicago.  Nearly 1,000 students compete in academic debate throughout the school year in the Chicago Debate League.  The Chicago Debate League is the largest and most competitive Urban Debate League in the country.  In October 2009 a study on the first 10 years of the Chicago Debate League was published in the Journal of Negro Education which found that debaters are three times less likely to drop out of high school and 70% more likely to be college-ready in reading according to ACT benchmarks. 

 

The National Forensic League National Championship is the oldest (est. 1928) and largest national academic debate competition.  Thousands of high schools from all 50 states compete for the National Forensic League National Championship in Debate. 

 

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