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Middle School Debate

Nation's Capital Debate League

Welcome to the
Nation's Capital Debate League! 

2017-2018 School Year

Tournament DateS:
Debate Topics for May 26 Tournament:
  • Cryptocurrencies do more good than harm.
  • The current proposal for a mixed-use development should be built on the McMillian Sand Filtration Site in Washington, D.C. (debate both sides of this topic)
  • Impromptu topic (same rules as the last time)

Teaching Debate and Argumentation

Date: TBD

Judge Training

More information coming soon.

NOTE: to judge, you must attend training. This includes current high school debaters and former NCDL debaters. You do not have to attend the training more than once.

Participating Schools
  • Longfellow Middle School (Falls Church)
  • Norwood School (Bethesda)
  • NYSMITH School (Herndon)
  • Pyle Middle School (Bethesda)
  • Rachel Carson Middle School (Herndon)
  • Rocky Run Middle School (Chantilly)
  • The Lowell School (Washington, D.C.)
  • Westland Middle School (Bethesda)
  • Woods Academy (Bethesda)
  • Sidwell Friends School (Washington, D.C.) 
  • Navy Elementary School (Fairfax)
  • Potomac School (McLean)
  • Georgetown Day School (Washington, D.C.)
  • St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School (Washington, D.C.)
  • St. Mark Catholic School (Vienna)