DEBATE IMPROVES HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES
AND COLLEGE ENROLLMENT RATES
Debate is one of the most rigorous academic programs to prepare students for high school and college graduation. Debaters double academic learning time, study college level topics (ie political science, philosophy, current events, economics, geography, international affiars, etc), and college level skills (research, public speaking, presentations, questioning, reading, writing and more).
“Due to my involvement in debate the HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program) staff took interest in me and accepted me to Hamilton College via their HEOP program which I received a full scholarship to Hamilton College. In the letter they said they were most impressed with my debate achievements and being captain on the debate team! Debate has given me so many skills and knowledge. We learn about things we do not learn in class and we compete against the best in the nation. I would not be valedictorian of my school if it wasn’t for debate! In college I hope to keep on working to help debaters in the Bronx."
- Erika Marte 12th Grade Student , Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice