“Having the chance to represent my peers in accepting this award from the First Lady of the United States in the White House was an experience that I’ll never forget,” said Starr Arroyo. “It showed me that the power of programs like NYCUDL to change kids’ lives is recognized and valued.” Starr Arroyo delivered a speech at the White House on how debate has helped her overcome so many obstacles and inspired her to follow in the footsteps of fellow South Bronx high school debater, Sonya Sotomayor who became the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. According to Starr,
“Which is why I love the New York City Urban Debate League. You won’t find any activity that makes you think and question so many ideas, read and research so many books, write and speak about the biggest problems in our world, and meet and compete against students across the nation. As President Obama stated in his speech to American students in 2009 “you may not know you could be a President or Supreme Court justice until you joined your school’s debate team!”
Congratulations Starr! Such a Starr!! And Thank You everyone for making all our students Debate Stars everyday!