On March 13, 2020, the Orange County Debate League held its annual Spring Middle School Parliamentary Debate Program [MSPDP] Tournament in which hundreds of elementary and middle school students debated the following topics: The United States should provide universal healthcare. School monitoring of student computers does more GOOD than HARM. Impromptu: YouTube is good for … Continue reading OCDL Spring Tournament Recap
Currently a junior at Sunny Hills High School, Krishna Thaker has been involved in debate for many years. Inspired by her older cousin, also a debater, Krishna had been determined to join debate since third grade, and finally joined the Orange County Debate League in fifth grade. She first debated on behalf of Beatty Elementary … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Krishna Thaker
Over the course of the past few weeks, I have had an ongoing conversation with OCDL alum Jack Thompson. We discussed how OCDL has impacted his life and what he has done since his last middle school debate through the league. Jack is currently a senior at San Juan Hills High School and started competing … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Jack Thompson
At its best, debate is a space for open discussions. It inspires students to take initiative and learn about current events from a multitude of viewpoints. During rounds, speakers contribute to conversations that account for those perspectives, and each angle contributes to a different understanding of the topic. At its worst, however, debate can cause … Continue reading Tips and Tricks – Adding Nuance to Arguments
On December 5, 2020, the Orange County Debate League [OCDL] held its annual Holiday Tournament on the video communication platform, Zoom. Over two hundred students from different schools competed in four rounds of debate on the following topics: Defund the police People should not eat meat. Requiring video to be on during distance learning does … Continue reading 2020 OCDL Holiday Tournament Results
The Orange County Debate League is so excited to be hosting the Holiday Tournament on December 5th! Although virtual tournaments may still be a little unfamiliar, they offer a valuable learning opportunity for everyone. These tips and tricks take into account some lessons from the Scramble, so we hope that they will create the best … Continue reading Tips and Tricks – December Tournament
This past week, I had the pleasure of speaking to one of Orange County Debate League’s Alumni, Shreya Chitoori. Shreya just graduated from Sage Hill High School and is currently a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is studying Molecular and Cellular Biology on the Pre-Med track. She started competing in OCDL … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Shreya Chitoori
Saturday, September 19th marked the first-ever Orange County Debate League (OCDL) digital workshop. Students, teachers, and coaches came together for a day of fun and engaging classes. In addition to preparing students for the coming season, this yearly event helps raise funds for the OCDL program, its tournaments, and other league-related activities. However, this year, … Continue reading Reflection: My experience teaching at the first virtual debate workshop
The start of a new season looks a little different this year–breakout rooms have replaced classrooms, and teammates and opponents alike sit miles apart from each other. As the first tournament of the 2020-2021 OCDL season, the Scramble on the 24th is a unique opportunity for both new and returning debaters to gain debate experience … Continue reading Tips / Tricks for the Scramble Tournament
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