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2023 Urban Debate National Championship

Celebrating and Elevating the Urban Debate Network

2023 UDNC

March 31 – April 2
Southern Methodist University (SMU)
Dallas, TX 

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NAUDL’s Urban Debate National Championship (UDNC) returns to an in-person event this year and we are so thrilled to welcome student qualifiers and coaches to the SMU campus for this marquee tournament.

The UDNC will be held March 30th – April 2nd with teams arriving Thursday, March 30th, and rounds beginning on Friday, March, 31st.

Registration will be in two waves: First on Thursday, March 30th before 4 PM at the Hilton Dallas/Park Cities. The second wave will be on Friday, March 30th at 9 AM at SMU. Finals will take place on Sunday, April 2nd with all teams departing by that evening. The full event schedule is posted at Tabroom.com.

All qualification or eligibility questions should be directed to your local league. Qualified teams will be admitted to the tournament only after ALL requested materials have been received by the NAUDL. Please also contact your league for any questions regarding travel.

Registration and logistics questions can be directed to Taylor Beck at taylorbeck@urbandebate.org.

We hope the UDNC is a wonderful culminating event for your season and look forward to seeing you in Dallas!

2023 UDNC Participants

Each year, our 22 league partners receive two entries for high school debate pairs to compete at NAUDL’s Urban Debate National Championship (UDNC). Teams must consist of students who attend the same school and qualifiers must compete in at least three league sponsored tournaments during the current academic year. After a season of preparation, these hard-working and dedicated students will represent their leagues and schools at this tournament. This year, our Finalists will also be recipients of four newly established Boies Schiller Flexner Scholarships to support their educational goals.

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(UDL = Urban Debate League)

Atlanta UDL
Decatur High School
Maggie Stearns & Ida Chapman

Atlanta UDL
North Atlanta High School
Ella Kaufman & Maten Berg

Bay Area UDL
Oakland Technical High School
Mia Tran & Lucy Margulis

Bay Area UDL
Richmond High School
Karina Salmeron & Genesis Gomez

Boston Debate League
Boston Latin Academy
Brandon Ren & Rowan Mozak

Boston Debate League
Prospect Hill Academy Charter School
Presley Simelus & Helena De Almeida

Chicago Debates
Kenwood Academy High School
Amanti Washington & Khamari Hall

Chicago Debates
Kenwood Academy High School
Biance Perkins & Taniyah Banks

Dallas Urban Debate Alliance
Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
Eduardo Campuzano & Leroy Tamfu

Dallas Urban Debate Alliance
The Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet
Ari Arceo & Valen Garcia

Debate! Kansas City
Sumner Academy of Arts & Science
Bennett Addink & Isaac Lainez

Debate! Kansas City
Lincoln College Preparatory Academy
Eli Davis & Max Pedreros

Denver UDL
Denver North High School
Finnegan Shea & Aaron Pratt

Denver UDL
Denver North High School
Agnys Jones & Finnegan Marshall

Detroit UDL
Berkley High School
Nadia Fobbs & Lydia Binelli

Detroit UDL
University High School Academy
Natalie Fall-White & Temilola Ororunsola

Houston UDL
Heights High School
Alara Eyuboglu & Easton Peters

 

Houston UDL
Heights High School
Matthew Gonzales-Gordon & Alex Prieto

Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League (Winners)
Port of Los Angeles High School
Delmy Lopez Perez & Jun Kwon

Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League
Downtown Magnets High School
David Martinez-Hernandez & Shariqa Sultana

Metro Memphis UDL
White Station High School
Aditi Arunprakash & Catherine Cheng

Metro Memphis UDL
White Station High School
Aditi Mishra & Soumya Bandaru

Miami-Dade UDL
Miami Senior High School
Rocio Pelaez & Issabela Martinez

Miami-Dade UDL
South Miami Senior High School
Jeannie Paguaga & Nichole Batista

Minnesota UDL (Finalists) 
St. Paul Central High School
Cayden Mayer & Maren Lien

Minnesota UDL
St. Paul Central High School
Kieran LeVitre & Eleanor Johnson

Nashville UDL
Hume-Fogg Academic High School
Evie Todaro & Hannah Chen

Nashville UDL
Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School
Nathaniel Halevi & Anya Sibtain

NYC UDL
Brooklyn Technical High School
Suleman Ranjha & Micah Scott

NYC UDL
The Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences
Sheima Ben-Abdallah & Alyssa Santiago

Portland UDL
McDaniel High School
Keegan Martin & Meredith Gifford

Portland UDL
McDaniel High School
Caden Berg & Isaac Pedersen

Silicon Valley UDL
Yerba Buena High School
Ryan Nguyen & Vu Quang

Silicon Valley UDL
Yerba Buena High School
Maridel De Los Reyes & Jasper Nguyen

Tulsa Debate League
Thomas Edison Preparatory
Jackson Ballinger & Lucas Ballinger

Tulsa Debate League
Will Rogers High School
Yobani Bustos-Catalan & David Martin

Washington UDL
Capital City Public Charter School
Liv Birnstad & Joey Villaflor

Washington UDL
School Without Walls High School
Jener Balk & Akesh Mallia

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