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Debater of the Year


The Debater of the Year award recognizes a debater who demonstrates commitment to debate, improvement in their academic performance and leadership in their school, urban debate league and community.

Finalists in the competition will receive a college scholarship of at least $1,000 and will be invited to NAUDL’s virtual National Debate Expo in April.

The Debater of the Year will receive a college scholarship of at least $2,000 and will deliver an acceptance speech at the Expo’s “Opening Night” on April 15, 2021. The winner and their partner will automatically qualify for the Championship round of the Round-Robin Competition held in conjunction with the National Debate Expo (if they have not already qualified).



  • Seniors graduating between January and June 2021
  • GPA of at least 2.00
  • Active in their urban debate league for the last two years
  • Resume of leadership service in the debate community
  • Able to attend the NAUDL National Debate Expo

Key Dates

  • Jan 20: Application Opens
  • Feb 14: First Application Due
  • Feb 19:  Finalists Announced
  • March 3: Final Application Due
  • Mar 19: Debater of the Year Announced
  • Apr 15-18: National Debate Expo

VIDEO: 2020 Debater of the Year Olivia Northcutt-Wyly

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