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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.”

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Debate by the Numbers: 2019-20

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Allstate Incentives Transforming CDL Coach Training and Performance

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CDL Debates U.S. Economy in Performance Trust Public Debates

On December 10-11, Chicago Debate League students gathered in…

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