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“When I joined debate, it ignited a spark inside of me that made me feel like I could pursue big things that I didn’t think I could do before.”

Debater, Urban Prep Bronzeville

“Debate made me realize that I was more than a C student. I was an A student ready to burst out.”

Debater, Harlan Community Academy

Debate by the Numbers: 2017-18

Alumni Success Stories

Chimene Okere

July 11, 2018 Chimene Okere  Lane Tech Debate 2007-2010 I…

Ulric Shannon

As an African American male growing up on the West Side of…

Halcyon “Halle” Apy

When I look back at all of the choices I have made in my…

Chelle Jones

I served as the founding Captain of the Lane Tech Debate…

Luis Hernandez

In 2007 I joined the Kelly High School Debate Program for…

Eve Robinson

As someone who was a debater for all four years of high school,…

Sydney Doe

I graduated from Northwestern University’s Weinberg College…

Christopher Suarez

More than fifteen years have passed since I last debated…

John Thomas Connor

I first joined debate as a sophomore at Thomas Kelly high…