Ellis, Houston Debate League to Host Round Robin Debate

Style News Wire | 3/16/2009, 5:19 p.m.
Senator Rodney Ellis and the Houston Urban Debate League (HUDL), the country’s newest league affiliated with the National Association for ...

Senator Rodney Ellis and the Houston Urban Debate League (HUDL), the country’s newest league affiliated with the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL), are pleased to announce the Ellis Invitational Round Robin Debate Tournament on Saturday, March 14, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the University of Houston Science & Engineering Classroom Building (Room 100).

The top two teams, and their coaches, will travel to Austin (date in April TBD) for lunch with Senator Rodney Ellis and recognition on the floor of the Texas Senate.

As a former school debater, Senator Ellis wanted to host a tournament to give high school debate teams more practice and experience. One team per HUDL high school from his district has been invited to compete. The schools invited are: Contemporary Learning Center, Sterling High School, Madison High School, Westbury High School, Yates High School, and the Houston Academy for International Studies.

Each school will debate four times; twice on each side of the resolution.  The first and second place teams will be determined by total ballots won, total speaker points, adjusted speaker points, speaker ranks, and opponent record.

On March 13, 2008, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) school board unanimously approved and authorized adopting a 15-school HUDL debate program. The mission of HUDL is to build, support, and sustain programs in Houston’s public schools to make policy debate an educational resource available to all students.  With the support of HISD, HUDL is currently serving 16 high schools and over 200 students in its inaugural season.