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March 5, 2021 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hundreds of CPS Middle School Students to Compete in Debate City Championship Tournament
Chicago Debates will wrap up its 2020-2021 middle school debate season with its City Championship Tournament tomorrow, Saturday, March 6th. The virtual City Championship is the culminating event of the season and will bring together nearly 200 middle school students from roughly 20 Chicago Public Schools to compete for the team title of Middle School Debate Champion. In teams of two, students will be debating on the topic of Criminal Justice Reform: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following areas: forensic science, policing, sentencing.
Chicago Debates quickly pivoted to virtually deliver debate programming when school was shut-down last March due to COVID-19. During the current school year, about 800 students have participated in the 43 tournaments hosted by Chicago Debates. “We are so excited and proud to have completed a full year of virtual debate! This season has required a greater level of innovation, collaboration, and persistence from everyone involved at Chicago Debates. This culminating event will allow us to celebrate the incredible commitment and accomplishments of our debaters and coaches,” said Director of Programs Anthony Bolden.
The closing award ceremony will include the presentation of the season’s Coach of the Year Award along with remarks from Chicago Debates Executive Director, Dr. Toinette Gunn and Chicago Public Schools Chief of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Sherly Chavarria. The schools competing this weekend are:
|Agassiz Elementary School|
Brooks Academic Center
CICS Wrightwood Elementary School
Oscar DePriest Elementary School Frazier International Magnet School
Haines Elementary School
|O. A. Thorp Scholastic Academy|
Edgar Allan Poe Elementary SchoolSkinner North Classical SchoolSkinner West Elementary School
South Loop Elementary School
|Hedges Elementary School|
Kilmer Elementary School
KIPP One Academy
Lincoln Elementary School
Nathan Hale Elementary School
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About Chicago Debates: Chicago Debates is bridging the opportunity gap for Chicago Public School (CPS) students by providing them with an after-school program that supports their academic, career, and leadership success. Our mission is to advance the educational achievement, community contributions, and life success of Chicago’s youth through the transformative power of academic debate. We envision a world in which Chicago youth are empowered to find their voice, succeed in college and career, and become leaders in their community. Debate may not fix all of the world’s problems, but it can shape the next generation of leaders who will. We exist to ensure that includes some of Chicago’s most marginalized youth.