Entries by Edie Canter

Ulric Shannon

As an African American male growing up on the West Side of Chicago, I’ve witnessed the hardships that come along with an urban environment. From drugs and crime to prison and death, I’ve seen many young males around my age fall for instant gratification and a life time of pain. Determined to succeed, I attended […]

Halcyon “Halle” Apy

When I look back at all of the choices I have made in my life, choosing to sign up for policy debate in my freshman year of high school stands out as one of my best and most impactful. In high school, I struggled to find my voice at times—I was plenty loud and was […]

Chelle Jones

I served as the founding Captain of the Lane Tech Debate Team from 1999 through 2002. I went on to study history at the University of Chicago while coaching CPS debate teams, until graduating in 2006. After college, I relocated to South Korea on a U.S. Department of State Fulbright English Teaching Grant. Later, I […]

Luis Hernandez

In 2007 I joined the Kelly High School Debate Program for two reasons: my sister was already a Kelly debater, and I knew debate would help me with my confidence and get me into college. Under the guidance and assistance of Ms. Jen Nolan, Mr. Scott Dodsworth, John Connor, and Claire McKinney – the Kelly […]

Eve Robinson

As someone who was a debater for all four years of high school, I am familiar with the rigors of a speech activity. From staying up late cutting files to the actual stress of competition, I experienced it all. This is a story that resonates with most debaters, whether you compete at solely the local […]

Sydney Doe

I graduated from Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in 2016 magna cum laude with a degree in Neurobiology, and am currently a second year medical student at Feinberg’s School of Medicine. Throughout my experience in the clinical setting, I have found the skills developed through debate indispensable. Coming up with a solid […]

Christopher Suarez

More than fifteen years have passed since I last debated in the CDL, but I carry the experience with me each and every day. Looking back, I realize that debate gave me the analytical and rhetorical tools to succeed. And it profoundly shaped who I am today. During my debate years, two of the resolutions […]

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