On Saturday, March 4, 2023, Newark Board of Education, in partnership with the Newark Debate Academy, hosted one of the largest elementary-middle school debate tournaments of the year at Central High School! There were over 250 debaters from twenty-nine elementary schools in attendance. Students at the 5-8 grade level tackled tough issues through arguments that span topics from international relations to emerging issues such as cyber-security and artificial intelligence. Additionally, students researched arguments on both sides of these controversies to best prepare them to be leaders and effectuate real change on societal issues. Debate has a deep history of excellence and a vibrant community of support within the city of Newark.
Congratulations to: 1st Place Beginner Division- Dylan Zayago and Ruth Espinal from Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School, coached by Zareen Thomas in addition to 1st Place Experienced Division- Sara Rengel and Emma Leitao from Ann Street School, coached by Taina Santiago. Special thanks to the 65 alumni, parents, and educators who showed up for an entire Saturday to adjudicate debates between students.
Newark Public Schools hosts five tournaments yearly, with the next event scheduled to take place at Barringer High School on Saturday, April 29, 2023.