Science Park Debate Team

Science Parks Hosts HUGE Middle Grades Tournament

By Margarita Morales

December 19, 2010 – The Jersey Urban Debate League held
its second middle school tournament of the season at Science Park High
School on Dec. 18th. It was larger than the last one with 125 teams
competing (99 in the beginner division and 26 in the experienced
division) from 21 schools. This proves the league’s growth and is a
testament to how important the activity is.

This tournament was different for two reasons besides the
larger turnout. First, the tournament was held at 12:30 pm instead of
the usual 10am to accommodate high school admissions testing. Secondly,
Bronx Law, a school from NYC attended with 11 teams. Additionally, the
JUDL staff held a holiday party for the coaches.

Taking first place in the beginner division was Jaynell Lewis
and RonNae Smallwood from MLK with Amit Kukreja and Camara Wooten from
University following a close second. In the experienced division Joshua
Azcona and Nyasia Sanchez from First Avenue School placed first team
with Angel Marte & Jonathan Avilla of Bronx Law following in
second. Congratulations to all the debaters!

The next tournament on Jan. 22 will be held at Techology High
School and Westside High School to accommodate the large participation.
The last time the league held a tournament at two sites was during the
Newark Invitational this past January. To see full story click on Jersey Urban Debate League.