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MAR
21

Tournament 6 Results: City Championships

Friday and Saturday, March 14-15, marked the sixth tournament of the 2014 season, the City Championships, at English High School and Timilty Middle School. English HS hosted over 240 debating high school students and Timilty MS hosted over 90 debating students. Over 180 volunteers joined us in making the tournament another success.

At English HS, Charlestown High School earned the title of tournament Championship, with Brighton High School in second place. Excel HS and Fenway HS earned the top two places for the spirit award, respectively. In the varsity division, Josiah Quincy Upper School team Simon Wu and Brieana Valdez won the Championship award and scored first and second place respectively for the top speakers award. The junior varsity division team to earn the Champion award was maverick Joyce Huang of Fenway High School. Top speakers of the JV division included Aisha Donna and runner-up Anna Stefanov of Boston Latin Academy. In the novice division, EMK maverick Jabriel Pressley won the title of Champion. Novice division debaters Nicole Pimental of Brighton High School and runner-up Jabriel Pressley of EMK ranked first and second place for the speaker award. In the junior varsity Spanish division, English HS team Christopher Toribio and Ariel Rodriguez took the champion title, while Kelly Salazar of Brighton HS and Armando Bahena of English HS won first and second place for the speaker award, respectively. In the novice Spanish division, Charlestown HS team Erika Santana and Yasmin Sosa earned the title of champion, while Charlestown HS students Luis Gonzalez and Leslie Del Carmen ranked first and second place for the speaker award, respectively. Volunteers Ada Sepulveda and Kate LaForge were the recipients of the Outstanding Judge Award. See full results here.

At Timilty Middle School, home-team Timilty took the first place title for Tournament Champion once again, with Irving Middle School following in second place. First place for the spirit award was Dever-McCormack Middle School and second place was Eliot Middle School. Timilty students continued to score high with Junior Varsity team Lanezja Auguste and Ashley Contreras taking first place; Auguste additionally earned first place for the top speaker award. Alisa Regassa of Eliot earned second place for the top speaker award. In the novice division, Clarence-Edwards Middle School teams ranked in as first and second place. Team and Sitnour Elamin and Anisa Pouriet took first place, while second place went to team Danny Munoz Caina and Edgar Pereyra. Top speakers were Abri Leka representing Dever-McCormack and runner-up Leslie Roman, another student of Clarence-Edwards. Winners of the Outstanding Judge Award were volunteers Ashley Fetterman and Morelus Kervens. See full results here.

Thanks to our coaches, headmasters, volunteer judges, and students for making tournament six a great one!

Did you notice that we didn’t report on our champion division? That’s because they are debating at Fish & Richardson on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Be sure to check back soon for champion division results!

FEB
12

Boston Debate League hosts the New England Urban Debate Championship

On February 7-8, English High School and TechBoston Academy hosted the New England Urban Debate Championship for Boston and Rhode Island high school debaters. On February 8, Tournament 5 was hosted by Timilty Middle School for middle school debaters.

At TechBoston Academy, New Mission/BCLA was the High School to take away the tournament Championship. Boston Latin Academy won second place in the compelling competition. Brighton HS team Richard Davis and Sadiya Gurhan scored to win the Championship title of the Championship division, and JQUS maverick Richard Liang won the Varsity division Championship award. Top speakers from Championship division included Elvis Alvarado of New Mission/BCLA and runner-up Chianne Arthur of Excel High School, and from the Varsity division, Rhode Island debater Elizabeth Heon and runner-up Richard Liang of Josiah Quincy Upper School. The Junior Varsity division team to earn the Champion award was Nikki Gerald and Shameka Reece. Top speakers of the JV division included Joyce Huang of Fenway HS and runner-up Julianne Rudne of Rhode Island. Of the Novice division, Rhode Island team Isaiah Cano and Mercedes Higgins was Champion and students Isaiah Cano of Rhode Island and runner-up Eugene Wu of JQUS ranked 1st and 2nd place for the speaker award. Overall, Boston Public Schools students triumphed at the New England Urban Debate Championship at TechBoston Academy. See full results here.

At English High School, the tournament Champion was home-team English HS, with East Boston HS earning 2nd place honors. In the Varsity Division, Brighton HS team Lorena Lapaz and Julianna Maximo took the Champion title. Additionally, Julianna Maximo came in 2nd place as a top speaker, surpassed only English HS student Curtney Brewster in 1st place. In the JV division, Rhode Island student Cesar Reynoso and East Boston student Reda Darouanou shared the coveted title of Champion as a tie. Darouanou also ranked in 2nd place for the speaker award, but scoring above Darouanou was English HS student Jasmine Rivera who came in 1st. In the Novice division, Brighton HS team Hibo Moallim and Khafia Mohamud scored to win the Championship award. Also worthy of note in the Novice division are 1st and 2nd place speakers, Yesica Garcia-Pineda of Brighton HS and Jonathan Berganza of Charlestown HS. In the JV Spanish division, English HS team Kevin Valenzuela and Christopher Toribio took the Championship title, with Eduardo Bahena of Eastie and Armando Bahena of English ranking in at 1st and 2nd place for the speaker award. For the Novice Spanish division, East Boston High School came in strong with team Anderson Villanueva and Walter Galdamez earning the title of Champion and Glaribel Lora and Alberto Ledesma ranking 1st and 2nd place as top speakers. See full results here.

At Timilty Middle School, home-team Timilty took the 1st place title for Tournament Champion and Spirit Award at Tournament 5. Dever-McCormick MS ranked in 2nd place honors as Tournament Champion. In the JV division, Timilty students continued to score in at the top of the ranks with team India Glenn and Aleia Prentice-Mitchell and team Lanezja Auguste and Stephania Mejia coming in 1st and 2nd place, respectively. Timilty students Elijah Guillomaitre and runner-up Lanezja Auguste ranked in as the top speakers. In the Novice Division, Dever-McCormick MS ranked in as the top teams. Team Arbri Leka and Daniel Austin took 1st place and 2nd place went to team Lisandra Francisco and Keyth Feliciano. Top speakers were Sitnour Elamin representing Clarence Edwards MS and runner-up Arbri Leka of Dever-McCormick MS. See full results here.

Finally, thank you to our coaches, headmasters, and volunteer judges for another enthralling tournament. Winners of the Outstanding Judge Award include Gene Robinson, Aleksandra George, Janet Novak, and Joseph Mosby.

MAR
17
2013

Schools Packed for the Fish and Richardson City Championship

On March 16th and 17th, over 300 middle school and high school debaters competed at Timilty Middle School and English High School, respectively for the 2013 Fish & Richardson City Championship.  With Timilty’s cafeteria packed with debaters and parents and debate rounds happening simultaneously in every available classroom (and even one in the hallway) at English High School, this was our most competitive City Championship ever!  Beyond the excitement of the competition, both returning judges and community members equally remarked at the tremendous growth from Tournament 1 to now, in the debaters’ confidence, public speaking skills, academic language, critical literacy, and analytical skills. See pictures here.

At English HS,debaters from 13 different high school squads competed for only 8 outround spots in each division, with the Championship division, our open-evidence and original-research driven division, competing for a trip to the National Association of Urban Debate League’s National Tournament in Washington D.C.!   Overall, the race for top squad was close, with Boston Latin Academy winning the tournament championship over second place and 5-time tournament champions, Brighton High School, who themselves narrowly beat out New Mission/BCLA and Excel High School  for the honor.   In the Championship division, Boston Debate League’s top seeded team of Darien Amado and top-speaker, Ted White were upset in the semifinals by BLA’s Henry Chavez and Michael John who went on to be the tournament champions over their teammates, tournament runner-ups, and NFL New England Qualifiers Louise Barias and Elaine Marton. In the Varsity Division, Julia Alexis and Jennie Lai of TechBoston defeated East Boston veterans Bridget Lovejoy and Allesandra Torres in a 2-1 decision with their teammate JP Parent of EastBoston earning a gavel as top-speaker.   Capturing the tournament championship at their final home tournament, JV English High School debaters Alex Jesus and Curtney Brewster narrowly defeated the higher seeded Angelina Vallejo and Saned Diaz of New Mission/BCLA in a hard-fought final round.  Also, worthy of note is Ahmend Ibrahim of Charlestown who won the top-speaker award for his incredible oratory skills.  Finally, in the Novice division, Westie’s Earl Bender and Junior Emmanuel beat the very talented team of Flavia Freitas and Lynn Nguyen  in a 2-1 decision.  In addition, Niti Patel earned top-speaker award for the second tournament in a row!  See full tournament results here.

As always, many thanks are due to our coaches and headmasters for our most competitive City Championship yet and for a fantastic year of debate!  Nicolas Cathcart and Annabel Osborn won the outstanding judge award this weekend and next October it could be you!

MAR
3
2013

Boston Debate League Hosts the Rhode Island Urban Debate League

On March 1st and 2nd, English High School and TechBoston Academy simultaneously hosted over 300 middle school and high school debaters from Boston and Rhode Island, all of whom were competing for a division championship at our 5th Tournament of the year.  With only two weeks before our City Championship, teams were at near-peak performance, wowing even the notoriously hard-to-please Rhode Island judges, most of whom are former debaters and current students at Brown University.

In the High School Division at TechBoston HS, Boston Latin Academy won the tournament championship with Excel High School earning second place honors, in what turned out to be a very hard fought competition against Rhode Island Urban Debate League and Boston Debate League debaters.  In the Championship division, Boston Debate League’s top seeded team of Darien Amado and Ted White were upset by underdogs Janet Novack and Brendon Morris of the hybrid team of Davies/Classical High Schoosl, who came into the round after defeating their League’s top seeded team and their long-term rivals Rachel Memoff and Walker Mayer of Classical High School .  Not to be forgotten, Henry Chavez of BLA and Elvis Alvarado of NMHS/BCLA earned the top and second place speaker awards in the Championship division.  In the Varsity division, TechBostons Jennie Lai and 2nd place speaker, Julia Alexis won their first Varsity Championship against BLA’s very worthy team of Tayo Stuppard and Auggie Boltorf with  RIUDL debater, Chavelin Romero of Mount Pleasant High School earning a gavel as the division’s top speaker.  In JV, top speaker, Kiana Peralta and Alejandro Claudio of Central High School RIUDL’s defeated Burke’s former JV champions Jemal Monteiro and Abdah St. Fleur in a 2-1 decision.   In the Novice division, mavericks Niti Patel and Xavier Brodie of BLA and NMHS/BCLA, respectively had a very rigorous final round, ending with Niti Patel as the tournament Champion and the division’s top speaker.  See full results here.

At English High School, Brighton High School maintained the tournament Championship for the 5th time this year, with a strengthening Charlestown right behind them, earning 2nd place honors.  In the Varsity division, the experienced top speaker, JP Parent of East Boston defeated the new pair of Ingrid Mile and Sonia Jethro Enedouwa in a close round.  In JV, JQUS’s Brieana Valdez and Simon Wu faced the very worthy Kiah Gehters and Mark Hazlewood, whom they narrowly defeated to win the JV Championship.  Also worthy of note in the JV division is Iliana Mendez of Brighton whose impressive speaking skills earned her a gavel as top speaker.  In the novice division Westie reappears as victors with Earl Benders and Junior Emmanuel defeating Adjane Pierre-Canal and top speaker, Brandon Scott of Charlestown High School in a very engaging debate round.  See full results here.

As always, many thanks are due to our coaches and headmasters for a very competitive BDL v. RIUDL tournament!  Also, thank you to our volunteer judges! Tiffany McClelland, Julia Chopay, Tarae Howell, and Dakota Rice won the outstanding judge awards for this weekend and at our last tournament on March 15th and 16th  it could be you!  Please sign up to judge here!  Judging is easy, rewarding, no experience is necessary, and training is done at the tournament site.

MAR
1
2013
JAN
20
2013

BDL Debaters Debate on MLK Weekend – Continuing MLK’s Legacy of Policy Advocacy

On January 18th and 19th, English High School and TechBoston Academy simultaneously hosted the Boston Debate League’s Winter Season Opener.   Debating on MLK weekend, debaters honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as policy debaters whose growing skills position them to be lifelong advocates of holistic and equitable policies that will guarantee future generations a greater quality of life.  With over 300 debaters honoring his legacy this weekend, it is clear that every school in the Boston Debate League has been working hard to recruit and prepare new and returning debaters for what turned out to be our most competitive Winter Season Opener yet.  See pictures here.

In the High School Division at English High School, Boston Latin Academy had its best showings yet; winning the tournament Championship, the Championship division, Varsity division, and the JV division.  However, both New Mission and Excel High School earned many honors including the Novice Championship and tournament runner-up, respectively.  In the Championship division, BLA’s Kalvin Nash & Juan Paniagua and Henry Chavez & Michael John were champions and finalists respectively, with their teammates Elaine Marton & Louise Barias and Elahd Hain & Ayub Sharif helping them closeout the Championship division.  Also worthy of praise is Heaven Reda of Westie’s debate team who earned top speaker in the Championship division.  In Varsity, BLA’s Arianna Ortizdixon & Vita Franjul defeated New Mission/BCLA’s Fatah Adan & Elvis Alvarado in a 2-1 decsion.  Logan Young of Eastie and Destiny Conceptcion of Excel are also worthy of congratulations as the division’s 1st and 2nd place speakers, respectively.  In the JV division, BLA’s Kyhara Martinez & Natalie Rodriguez won over the very strong team of Bernande Saintil & Johnny Jones of Excel High School with Diego Villafuerte of BLA and Jennifer Baptiste of East Boston earning 1st and 2nd place speakers, respectively.  In the Novice Division, New Mission dominated, with Iman Brown as top speaker and by closing out the Novice finals with Sarah Farah & Jalene Sanchez and Jina Johnson & Bayleigh Johnson as champions and finalists, respectively.

At TechBoston Academy, in the high school division Brighton High School maintains its streak of tournament championships, even with an up-and-coming Burke High School as a close runner-up.  In the Varsity division,  Burke High School’s Tyriek Silva & Toyosi Oyedeji had a breakout performance, defeating Brighton’s Jalen Campbell in a close finals matchup.  Top varsity speaker Jennie Lai of Techboston and second place speaker Princess Mansaray  of Charlestown hit personal records for speaking performances as well.   In JV, JQUS’ Brieana Valdez &  Simon Wu defeated Westie’s Antonee Alexis to win the division’s championship, while  Brighton’s Jody-Gaye Longmore claimed top speaker.  In Novice, Melissa Louisdhon &  Guerda Elisna of TechBoston lost the division’s championship to Abdi Abdirahman & Ahmed Ibrahim of Charlestown while Rubens Lacoutre of TechBoston took top speaker and Yanny Adebanjo of Brighton claimed second speaker.  See full results here.

In the Middle School Division at TechBoston Academy,  Timilty Middle School remained undefeated, with TechBoston as a close runner-up.  Irving Middle School and Eliot Middle School claimed the spirit award for their team’s excellent sportsmanship and effort.  See full results for the middle school and high school divisions here.

As always, many thanks are due to our coaches and headmasters for our most competitive Winter Season Opener yet!  Also, thank you to our volunteer judges!   Mohamed Nouri, Abhi Bhakta Fabrice Montissoll, and Justin Mei won the outstanding judge awards for this weekend and at our next tournament on February 8th and 9th it could be you!  Please sign up to judge here!  Judging is easy, rewarding, no experience is necessary, and training is done at the tournament site.

DEC
19
2012

A Very Competitive City-Wide Middle School, Varsity, and Championship Tournament at English HS!

On December 14th and 15th, English High School hosted a very competitive city-wide competition between every Middle School, Varsity, and Championship debater in Boston.  In the last city-wide tournament before the city championship in March it was clear that every team came prepared to prove that they were the team to beat for one of the 2 spots at Nationals.  With competition this rigorous, debaters left their rounds more committed than ever to do additional research and preparation before the next tournament.

In the High School division Boston Latin Academy won the tournament championship with only one more total wins than the New Mission/BCLA squad.  In Varsity, BLA’s Maryanne Pasiewicz and Tinyan Omere won the championship with their teammates Ayub Sharif and Elahd Hain  coming in second place via closeout, after close semi-final rounds against Charlestown’s 1st place speaker, Angie Auguste and Cuneyd Unal and NMHS/BCLA’s Fatah Adan and Elvis Alvarado.  Also worthy of praise is Sonia Jethro Enedouwa who in her first Varsity tournament earned 2nd place Varsity speaker.

In Championship, New Mission’s Darien Amado and 1st place speaker, Ted White defeated Brighton’s Richard Davis and Rachel Dunning to defend their undefeated record.  Also worthy of praise is 2nd place speaker Henry Chavez of BLA and 4th place speaker and newly minted championship debater, Jeffrey Reid who made it to semi-finals in his first Championship appearance.

In the Middle School division, Timilty, once again, captured the tournament Championship, beating runner-up TechBoston.  In the Novice Division, Timilty’s Joyce Vega and Miles Wheeler won the division with Eliot’s Baylor Moniz and Sarah White coming in second place and  Irving’s Janaea Sealey earning the top speaker award.  In the JV division, Eliot’s Meron Adhana and Dejah Morales won the division with Timilty’s 1st place speaker, Lanezja August  and Oscar Monterrey coming in second place.

As always, many thanks are due to our coaches and headmasters for a fantastic, final Middle School, Varsity, and Championship tournament of 2012!

Also, thank you to our volunteer judges!   Sarah Pizzano and David Vu won the outstanding judge award this weekend and at our next tournament on January 18th and 19th it could be you!  Please sign up to judge here!  Judging is easy, rewarding, no experience is necessary, and training is done at the tournament site.

DEC
8
2012

First City-Wide, Novice-JV Invitational Tournament a Smashing Success!

On December 7th and 8th, for the first time since last year’s City Championship, every Novice and JV debater from across the city competed for city-wide bragging rights at the Novice-JV, City-Wide December Invitational at Brighton High School.   After 3 tournaments this year, judges, coaches, and even our Varsity and Championship division debaters marveled at the growth of our debaters and at the rigor of argumentation and competition present at this tournament.  See pictures here.

Still, even with increased competition, Brighton High School managed to claim their 3rd consecutive Tournament Championship this year at their home tournament! Rivals Boston Latin Academy came in a close second place, trailing Brighton by a mere 10 points!  See full results here.

In the Novice division, the competition was so rigorous that with well over 16 teams earning a record of 3 to 1 or better after 4 preliminary rounds, the Boston Debate League staff decided to break to Octofinals (16 instead of 8 teams), instead of quarterfinals.  Of particular note were the performances of co-champions Saraiya Jackson & Ivan Boldewskul of BLA and top speaker Raeven Steed of JQUS who won close matches against competitors Tom Travers & Jennifer Baptiste of East Boston and Abdullahi Abdirahman & Ahmed Ibrahim of Charlestown.

In the JV division, Brighton’s soon to be Varsity team of Krystina McClure & Walae Hayek claimed their second JV tournament championship against New Mission/ BCLA’s Saned Daiz & Angelina Vallejo.  Of note, is the performance of top speaker Connie Truong of JQUS who with her top speaker teammate in Novice, helped JQUS claim both top-speaker gavels for the evening!

As always, many thanks are due to our coaches and headmasters for a fantastic, final Novice and JV tournament of 2012!  Next weekend our Varsity and Championship debaters will be facing off in a City Wide tournament at English High School!  The rounds at this city-wide tournament will set a path for those looking to earn a spot at NAUDL Nationals by winning the City Championship in March!

Also, thank you to our volunteer judges!   Elijah Ellies and Safi Farah won the outstanding judge award this weekend and next weekend it could be YOU!  Please sign up to judge at next weekend’s Varsity/Championship tournament or Middle School tournament  here!  Judging is easy, rewarding, no experience is necessary, and training is done at the tournament site.

 

NOV
19
2012

BDL Tournament 2 – Tough Competition Abounds

With a large novice division and with many students being promoted to JV and Varsity, each division was swelling with tough competition.  Most impressive were the competitive resilience, analytical rigor, and intellectual curiosity of our debaters who, well after rounds ended on Friday and Saturday night were still rehashing central arguments from their debate rounds in the halls of TechBoston and English High School with their peers.

At English High School, Brighton High School had a repeat performance - taking home the tournament championship for the second time this year.  Charlestown High School for their part repeated as the tournament’s runner up and the team of Angie Auguste and Cuneyd Unal captutred the Varsity Championship over East Boston.  Of particular note was the performance of JQUS’s novice team of Simon Wu and Briena Valdez who defeated Brighton’s Orlando and Yaritizi in the novice finals.  Further, congratulations are due to Jeffrey Reid of English High School, Sharaad Chase of East Boston, and Yaritizi Nunez of Brighton High School who respectively earned top speaker in the Varsity, JV, and Novice Divisions this weekend at English High.  See full Tournament 2 Results – English HS.

At Tech Boston Academy, the other half of the High School Division, Boston Latin Academy stole the show, winning the Tournament Championship, closing out the Varsity division after the quarterfinals, and winning the top speaker award in Novice (Robert Moakley) and JV (Augustine Bottorf).  A close runner up was New Mission, whose top Varsity team, composed of top speaker Fatah Adan and second place speaker Elvis Alvarado were upset in the quarterfinals, but whose JV team of Amira Patterson and Carine Barbosa took the JV Championship and whose Novice team of Randell Polanco and Jason Barrows lost a close finals match.  Also, deserving of praise was the performance of Burke High School whose Novice team of Randell Polanco and Jason Barrows won the Novice Championship and whose JV team of Jemal Monteiro and Abdah St. Fleur competed as JV finalists.  See full Tournament 2 Results – TechBoston.

Many thanks are due to our coaches and headmasters who, without their hard work the youth of Boston would not be exposed to the engaging, enlivening, and empowering activity of debate.  Special thanks are due to our tournament hosts at TechBoston Academy and English High School who provide us with a great location to host our tournaments in our student’s neighborhoods.

As always, we are most appreciative of those who volunteered to judge this past weekend; debate rounds literally cannot happen without you.  With about 400 students competing each weekend we need 100 plus judges per round!  Please sign up to volunteer at our next tournament here.  Judging is easy, rewarding, no experience is necessary, and training is done at the tournament site.  Supporting Boston Public School students has never been easier; just listen, choose a winner, and give feedback and you will give a student a voice!  Our next tourament will be at Brighton High School on December 7th/8th – we hope to see you there!

NOV
5
2012

Fish and Richardson P.C. Hosts the BDL’s 1st Championship Tournament

Fish and Richardson P.C. hosted the first ever Boston Debate League Championship Tournament this past Saturday at their beautiful, seafront office. With expansive views of Boston’s port our championship debaters took advantage of the open evidence policies arguing to build a nation-wide Hydrogen fuel infrastructure, to increase transportation infrastructure on tribal land, and to increase port security (how apropos!). Debating in Fish and Richardson’s conference rooms, debaters wowed judges with their original research and strong argumentation skills.  Click here for more pictures.

 

Although all debaters fought hard, after 3 rounds, Louise Barias and Elaine Martin of Boston Latin Academy and Darien Amado and Ted White of New Mission High School advanced to the finals with New Mission winning in a 3 to 2 decision. Congratulations are due to all debaters for being forerunners in our Championship Division! Of particular note was top speaker Kalvin Nash of BLA, 2nd place speaker Ted White of New Mission, and 3rd place speaker Michael John of BLA. Click here for full results.

Over the course of the year the Championship division will be rapidly expanding with support from the Boston Debate League. Many thanks are due to Fish and Richardson for being the most gracious hosts of our first, open division, Championship Tournament. Collaborations between law firms like Fish and Richardson and the Boston Debate League offers our debaters access to opportunities and resources that expose them to Boston’s legal sector, a sector many of our debaters look forward to entering within the decade. Through our collective work, the diversity pipeline into the legal profession will continue to strengthen.

If you are interested in volunteering, our next tournament is on November 16th and 17th at TechBoston Academy (off the Red Line) and at English High School (off the Orange Line). Judging is easy and fun; sign up at www.bostondebate.org/signup!