Middle Schoolers Compete in DC Urban Debate League

By Burt Nadler, head of Middle School social studies and debate advisor

The Sidwell Friends Middle School debate team competed in the second tournament of the DC Urban Debate League season at Coolidge High School in Northeast Washington on November 21. The Quakers were represented by eight teams of three, the vast majority of whom were 7th graders and several of whom were first-time debaters. Two teams placed in the top 10 finishers: The team of Ben Fagel ’20, Rem Katyal ’20, and Eden Negussie ’20 finished 7th, while and the team of Emily Fagel ’21, Sophia Flynn ’21, and Karenna Warden ’21 finished 8th overall. In individual speaker points, several SFS debaters finished in the top 20: Ben Fagel ’20 placed 8th overall, Aidan Birenbaum ’21 placed 9th, Sophia Flynn ’21 finished 10th, Eden Negussie ’20 finished 11th, Rem Katyal ’20 finished 12th and Henry Fant ’20 finished 19th overall. In a very competitive tournament, the Sidwell Friends debaters did very well. Congratulations to all!

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