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CMIT team didn’t lose a single round of debate all weekend!

The Debate Team competed at the Washington Urban Debate League’s Winter tournament on Dec. 12, 2020. Students woke up early and spent the day attending a workshop to learn more about debate and competing in three debate rounds. All of the students who competed received “undefeated” marks and won all three rounds of their debates! This placed them in the top 5 teams for the tournament’s Novice division. At the tournament, students debated the topics: Police reform as an end to police brutality; Elimination of School Resource Officers as a way to prevent the school-to-prison pipeline.

2nd Place Novice Team award: Shawn Kelly and Precious Sobowale
3rd Place Novice Team award: Paris Burgess and Dailyn Wray
4th Place Novice Team award: Makeda Daring and Chelsea Ayitey-Adjin
5th Place Novice Team award: Jayden Russell and Cameron Rogers
7th Place Novice Speaker award: Precious Sobowale
New debate team members Miguel Queen, Sapri Sise, and William Ross were also at the tournament to participate in the workshop and learn more about debate as they cheered on their teammates.

The debate team would like to thank Attorney Joe Karam, our community coach, who has been helping the team each week and leading workshops about the technical aspects of debate! Thank you, Coach Joe!

The debate team would also like to thank the CMIT Staff, especially Mr. Destry and Mr. Bayram, for coming to cheer them on and sending them words of encouragement before their rounds. It was great to have some fans in the virtual observation room!

Rebecca Ryan, Debate Coach
rryan@cmitacademy.org

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