Shout outs to the Bronx High School Debate & Speech Team and Director Jon Cruz for hosting back to back weekends of championship tournaments and making everything possible! So shout outs to the State Championships (March 29th – 30th) and New York City’s First Battle of the Boroughs (April 5th)! It was only fitting that the largest high school speech and debate team in the country hosted the largest middle school debate tournament in New York History on April 5th – New York City’s first Battle of the Boroughs Middle School Debate Tournament!
Another shout out to the incredible Bronx Debate Army! So many incredible Bronx HS of Science debaters helped at the Tournament – making everything possible – from Tabroom to ballot running to meals to judging to coaching and to workshops! At the Battle of the Boroughs the following workshops were taught by Bronx HS of Science Debaters: (1) High School Admissions Process and the Specialized HS Examination, (2) Introduction to High School Debate; (3) Policy Debate; (4) Public Forum Debate Skills #1; (5) Public Forum Debate Skills #2; (6) Public Forum Debate Skills #3; (7) Public Forum Demo Debate; and (8) Introduction to Public Forum Debate. Many of these workshops (see picture above) had standing room audiences only! So many teachers came up to me afterwards to compliment the incredible students of Bronx Science who helped coach and mentor younger debaters all day.
To give a glimpse of the numbers here – Bronx Science hosted debates in over 90 classrooms, supported over 150 debate teams and over 327 debaters! Over 100 judges and volunteers! Over 30 schools! Shout outs to all our schools for participating in the first Battle of the Boroughs at the Bronx High School of Science: The Anderson School, Achievement First Crown Heights, Berkeley Carroll, Cornerstone Academy for Social Action, Creston Academy, Eagle Academy – Bronx, Equality Charter School, Frederick Douglas Academy VIII, Horace Mann School, Hunters Point Community Middle School, IS 109, IS 187, JHS 118, KAPPA VI Eagles, MS 101, MS 318, MS 45, North Star Academy, PS/IS 178, PS/MS 15 Institute for Environmental Learning, TAG Young Scholars, Hunter Middle School, Invictus Prep, NEST, PS 161 Pedro Albizu Campos, PS 232 Lindenwood, Success Academy Harlem East, South Orangetown, TAG Young Scholars, The Computer School, and The Salk School of Science and any others we left out!
So thank you again to Bronx Science and Coach Jon Cruz for making everything possible! We hope to be back again next year at the Bronx High School of Science!!!