Debaters take home the gold 

Middle school students excel at 2nd annual Citywide Debate Championship.

June 01, 2009

Last season the Chicago Debate League (CDL) joined the growing national movement toward extending urban debate programming into public middle schools, and the results so far have been impressive. 


Nine elementary schools with more than 130 students in grades 5-8 participated in the second year of middle school debate in Chicago. This year's schools included:


  • Alcott, 2625 N. Orchard St.
  • Burke, 5356 S. King Dr.
  • Frazier International, 4027 W. Grenshaw St.
  • Kellogg, 9241 S. Leavitt St.
  • Lincoln, 615 W. Kemper Pl.
  • McCutcheon, 4865 N. Sheridan Rd.
  • Morgan Park, 1744 W. Pryor Ave.
  • Owen, 8247 S. Christiana Ave.
  • Smyser, 4310 N. Melvina Ave.


The successful regular season concluded at the Chicago Middle School City Championship on March 7, at Brooks College Prep, 250 E. 111th St. Three rounds of competition culminated in a mid-afternoon Awards Ceremony. 


Varsity champions

Jackie and Naomi from Lincoln Elementary (were the only undefeated team in the Varsity division)


Junior varsity champions

Brittany and Jamila from Morgan Park High School


Novice champions
Rachel and Lauren from Lincoln Elementary


Awards were also given to the individual top speaker in each division. The winners were Adriana from Smyser Elementary School (Varsity), Leah from Lincoln Elementary (Junior Varsity), and Elizabeth from Alcott Elementary (Novice). 


CPS congratulates all participants for an outstanding year.


Learn more about the Debate League.