The Urban Debater of the Year is awarded to a debater who:
Ø Demonstrates commitment and dedication to debate
Ø Improvement in his or her performance, in debate
Ø Improvement in his or her performance in school
Ø Academic excellence
Ø Leadership in their school, urban debate league, and community.
To be eligible for nomination, the debater must be:
Ø A high school senior graduating between January-June 2017
Ø An active competitor in their urban debate league this school year
Ø An active competitor in their urban debate league last year
Ø A student with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
Anyone (coaches, parents, league staff, judges, students, etc.) may nominate a debater. An individual may nominate more than one debater. Nominations must be submitted by web form on the NAUDL website. All leagues are strongly encouraged to nominate at least one urban debater for this award.
Selection Process and Scholarship
A selection committee of NAUDL board members and supporters will review the nomination materials and supplemental materials for each debater and judge the debaters on the selection criteria. In addition, the committee will consider each debater's communication skills, as demonstrated by the personal video. The winner will also receive a $2,500 college scholarship. Runners up and finalists will also receive scholarships. NAUDL will feature all finalists in its annual dinner book, on its website and in other promotional materials.
The Debater of the Year and their partner will automatically qualify to the 2017 Urban Debate National Championship Tournament. The Debater of the Year will also deliver the Key Note address at the Annual Dinner preceding the tournament.
Application and Timeline
The Debater of the Year Application is available here.
December 19, 2016 – Application opens
February 17, 2017 – Application due
February 27, 2017 – Finalists announced and supplemental application opens
March 17, 2017 – Finalist applications due
March 24, 2017 – Debater of the Year announced
April 20, 2017 – Annual Dinner
April 21-23, 2017 – Urban Debate National Championship
Photo Release Forms
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