Entries by Willa

Chicago Debates Welcomes New Team Members

Chicago Debates is excited to welcome two new members to our team this month! Each new team member brings a unique set of skills and perspectives that are sure to help us as we continue to grow and develop. Flynn Makuch is joining us as a Program Officer for School Support. Teaching and coaching policy debate is her […]

Debaters Show Their Growth at Conference Championships

Walking into the White Conference Championship, it’s clear these students are now seasoned debaters. It’s the fifth tournament of the year and this is the last chance for students to debate in the regular season before qualified debaters move on to the City Championship. Talking to debaters at every level, it is clear they are […]

City Championship Tournament Tour

  Join us at our most exciting and consequential tournament of the year – City Championships! On Saturday, March 30 from 9:15-10:45am we will host a guided tour with our Executive Director and Program Director. Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided. RSVP here! Questions? Email Amanda DeWitt at amandadewitt@chicagodebates.org  

Corporate Profile: Marguerite Dixen, 3CU

Marguerite Dixen first got involved with Chicago Debates in 2015 through a crowdfunding campaign to support the Chicago Debate Summer Institute. She had debated in high school and college and knew how valuable debate was to her success as a woman in the male-dominated world of insurance she entered in 1989. She quickly got more involved, […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Shavon Womack

Shavon Womack is the ultimate rockstar volunteer. Her absolute dedication to the work is inspiring to see. Out of the 20 weeks of tournaments we ran last year, Shavon volunteered as a judge or table operator at all but two of them! As someone with no prior experience with debate, we wanted to hear directly […]

Chicago Debates through the Heat

Chicago comes alive in the summer with festivals, cookouts, traveling and the beautiful sun. For Chicago youth, summer is a great opportunity to relax and get involved with various programs aimed at enhancing their skills outside of the school year. This summer, over 180 students chose to take advantage of their time off by attending […]

Topic of the Year

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States. Each year, the debate topic is chosen by a vote of participating schools across the country. This year, students across Chicago will have the opportunity to debate core issues regarding a topic front and center in the […]