3 DPS teams vie for nationals at Urban Debate League qualifying tournament at Wayne State University

Contact:
Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542
Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-4546
steven.wasko@detroitk12.org
kisha.verdusco@detroitk12.org
Program Contact:
Holly Reiss
(313) 585-0028
hollyreiss@urbandebate.org

Northwestern high school is among the teams to beat this year during the Detroit Urban Debate League’s National Qualifying Tournament at Wayne State University this weekend. Detroit Urban Debate League is a local nonprofit organization that reinstates rigorous academic debate programs in inner-city schools.

Debaters will compete all day Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. in Manoogian Hall, 906 W. Warren Ave. All rounds are open to the public, with the final rounds beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Last year Northwestern students Roman Motley and Courtney Hurd made it to the elimination rounds at Nationals. Now on scholarship at University of Michigan and Wayne County Community College, respectively, they have returned this year to mentor their former team and to judge some of the rounds of competition, though they are blocked from judging the Northwestern team.

Cass Technical and Communication and Media Arts high schools will also compete against other area public, private and charter high schools. All are vying for the chance to represent the Detroit Urban Debate League, all expenses paid, at the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues Championship tournament in New York City, April 21-24, 2011.

Students will debate whether or not the U.S. government should decrease military presence in one or more of the following countries: South Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq or Turkey.

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