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Middle School Debate

Debate medalists and their teachers

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Middle School Debate
National Championship

On May 29th at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City the facts flew back and forth between students from the the Hackley School of Tarrytown, New York, and the Pegasus School of Huntington Beach, California, who were vying to become the 2015 National English-Speaking Union - Middle School Public Debate Program Champions. Arguing in support of the motion "The United States should abolish the death penalty," Hackley convinced the panel of three judges to award them First Place.

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The English-Speaking Union partners with Claremont McKenna College's Middle School Public Debate Program to expand middle school debate leagues across the country. The ESU sponsors two leagues in New York City and one in New Jersey.

Claremont McKenna's Middle School Public Debate Program (MSPDP) is the world's largest program for classroom and contest debating for middle school students, designed to teach public speaking, critical thinking, listening and debating. MSPDP works with teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community members to form sustainable debating leagues and classroom oral literacy initiatives.

Click here for information about the:

Sandhills Branch Middle School Debate Program
Columbus Branch Middle School Debate Program