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Urban Debater of the Year Flyer 2017

Greetings urban debate network!

I wanted to shoot you a note to let you know that the Debater of the Year Application is now live.  There is a bit more information about the Debater of the Year award and process as well as an updated timeline below. Debater of the Year applications are due February 17, 2017 by 5:00 pm CST. I’ve also attached a flyer with that information to this email that you can forward to your coaches.

Thanks so much and we look forward to reviewing these applications in February.

What is the Urban Debater of the Year Award?

The Urban Debater of the Year recognizes a debater who demonstrates commitment and dedication to debate, improvement in their performance in school and debate, academic excellence and leadership in their school, urban debate league and community.


What is awarded?

Ø  Finalists in the competition will each receive college scholarships of at least $1,000.

Ø  The Urban Debater of the Year will receive a college scholarship of at least $2,000, will be invited to accept their award and deliver the key note speech at the Annual Dinner on April 20, 2017 in Chicago, IL.  Additionally, the winner and their partner will automatically qualify to compete in the Urban Debate National Championship.


Who Can Apply?

Ø  Seniors graduating in 2017

Ø  Have a GPA of 2.00+

Ø  Be an active competitor in their urban debate league this and last school year

Ø  Display leadership in the urban debate community


What does a completed application look like?

Ø  Original short answer essays

Ø  Unofficial copy of transcript

Ø  Headshot

Ø  Coach recommendation form


Key Dates

Dec. 19 Urban Debater of the Year Application Opens
Feb. 17 Application Due
Feb. 27 Urban Debater of the Year Finalists Announced
March 17 Finalists Application Due
March 24 Urban Debater of the Year Announced
April 20 Annual Dinner
April 21-23 Urban Debate National Championship