Entries by Edie Canter

John Thomas Connor

I first joined debate as a sophomore at Thomas Kelly high school. I was recruited by the head coach, Scott Dodsworth, on the recommendation of my history teacher. I liked to argue with other students in class, and clearly needed a constructive outlet so that I might be less disruptive and more focused. I had […]

Alexandra Jaffe

It is the strangest thing to be covering actual Congressional debate over warrantless surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act about 10 years after you debated it in high school. Some things never change. But I didn’t do debate in high school because I thought it would help me become a journalist. I had no […]

Chicago Middle School Debate Champions!

Chicago Middle School Debate Champions! Congratulations to our middle school debaters, who concluded their season at the Chicago Middle School Debate Championship on March 25. The tournament, sponsored by Third Coast Underwriters and hosted at Taft High School, brought together almost 300 students from 22 schools for an exciting day of competition. Chris and Victor […]

Chicago High School Debate Champions!

Over 300 high school students from 35 schools participated in this year’s high school championships, sponsored by Citi. Students qualified for this special tournament by having successful records at one or more of the previous tournaments in the Chicago debate season, or being nominated by their coaches. This intense two-day tournament on the topic of […]

Snow won’t deter us 

A breakfast discussion about the urban economy kicks off our Make Room for Debate fundraising On March 14, 60 hearty Chicagoans braved the snow to hear civic leaders Kurt Summers, Treasurer of the City of Chicago, and Austan Goolsbee, Professor of Economics at University of Chicago and former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers […]

Congrats 2014 CDL graduates

It’s bittersweet to watch our senior debaters leave the CDL and matriculate into the colleges of their choice, but we couldn’t be more proud of their hard work and success! Last year, 100% of our high school seniors graduated on time, and 96% went on to attend college or serve in the military. We think […]

CDL Team Spotlight: Meet the Von Steuben Debate Team

Von Steuben has a long history with the Chicago Debate League as one of the earliest teams to join the CDL. With 18 students, Von Steuben’s debate team has experienced some very positive momentum over the last few years.  As an enthusiastic team with both novices and veterans, they’ve used their trials and triumphs through […]