373K Debaters

In-class photos of debaters from 373K.

More photographs from the 2018 live championships.

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Student Reflections 2018

Thanks to Laura Mayer, from 721M, for these student reflections, and congratulations again on your second place win.

From Alexis:

OMG! I was so scared, I was shaking when I got up there. I felt like there was something on my face but there wasn’t. I was getting stage fright.

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The Champs are Here

Congratulations to this year’s Debate Champions! They are…

2018 High School Finals

The 751 MSCD Eagles
The 721M Cityhawks Revolutionaries
The 373K Fire Debaters
368K Brooklyn’s Finest Debate Team

1st Place: The 751 MSCD Eagles
2nd Place: The 721M Cityhawks Revolutionaries
3rd Place: The 373K Fire Debaters
Honorable Mention: 368K Brooklyn’s Finest Debate Team

2018 Middle School Finals

352X Bx Debates All Day
The 226M Debate Crew
The 169M Rising Scholars
The 25R Panthers

1st Place: 352X Bx Debates All Day
2nd Place: The 226M Debate Crew
3rd Place: The 169M Rising Scholars
Honorable Mention: The 25R Panthers

 

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Middle School Match-ups

Competing in the Middle School Championships this year on May 30 will be: The 226 Debate Crew vs 352X BxDebatesAllDay. Congratulations to both teams for advancing to the finals!

Competing in the 3rd Pl/ Honorable Mention debate on June 4 will be the 25R Panthers vs the 169M Rising Stars. We can’t wait to see how it plays out.

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Battle of the Boroughs

The High School Finals are set! Debating in the Championship match this year will be The 721M Cityhawks Revolutionaries (undefeated) against The 751 MSCD Eagles. This will be a battle of Manhattan for the title!

Debating for the 3rd Place and Honorable Mention awards this year will be The 373K Fire Debaters versus 368K Brooklyn’s Finest Debate Team, a battle of Brooklyn. Congratulations to all four teams (and the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan) for an incredible regular season and playoffs, and good luck in your final debate!

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High School Playofs

We almost forgot to publicly congratulate all of the High School teams that made it to this year’s playoffs! They are:

The 721M Cityhawks Revolutionaries
368K Brooklyn’s Finest Debate Team
The 373K Fire Debaters
The 993Q Rat Pack
The 751M MSCD Eagles

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Championship Topic Announced

The topic for this year’s Championship Debates is: The Second Amendment Should be Repealed.

The top two teams in each bracket (winners of the playoff matches) will debate this topic on May 30 and 31 at 751M. The teams that do not do not go on to the finals will debate online on June 4 and 5 for 3rd Place and Honorable Mention titles.

Let the research begin!

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Middle School Playoffs

Congratulations to this year’s Middle School Final Four teams! They are:

The 25R Panthers
The 169M Rising Scholars
The 226M Debate Crew
352X Bx Debates All Day

Stay tuned for the High School announcement and team match-ups, coming soon.

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Who Calls the Coin Toss?

Round 3 is well underway this week with teams presenting convincing arguments on both sides of the single use plastics debate. One question that has come up is how the moderator determines which team was “logged in first” to call the coin toss. For the record, when the moderator signs on at 9am, they will prompt you to start the tech check. The first team to activate their video feed for the tech check gets to call the coin toss (heads or tails). The winner of the toss then gets to decide which side they choose for the debate- Pro or Con.

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the News

The “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” is one place where a lot of discarded plastic ends up. A study published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports discovered that the “patch” is actually much larger than scientists had thought. So what does this have to do with single use plastic and our latest debate topic? This article from The New York Times adds some information for both sides of the debate.

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Woman Killed by Driverless Car

Tragedy struck when a woman was killed by a driverless car. The car was an Uber taxicab, and there was a person in the car (though not driving at the time).

Uber plans to suspend its driverless car project for the time being.

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Virtual Currency, Revisited

Back in 2014, our debate topic was “In the future, all currency should be virtual.” Well, Israel took a step in that direction, when it passed a law to limit cash transactions between people and stores. They did it to stop different kinds of economic crimes, as well as to make sure the goverment collects all of the taxes to which they are entitled.

Reuters Article

At the same time, bankers around the world met to discuss whether the countries’ central banks (the main governemnt banks) should issue virtual currency at all. They were afraid it could ruin economies and contribute to financing terrorism.

Washington Post Article

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Round 3 Topic Announced

The Round 3 topic and match-ups have been announced. The topic is: Single use plastic should be banned.

Debaters, start your engines…

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