Urban debaters are winners
not just in debate, but also in life.
Urban debate helps them beat the odds and find a path to success. Every year, NAUDL recognizes the life-changing power of debate through its Urban Debater of the Year Award. NAUDL gives this award to a high school senior who has demonstrated: dedication to debate; improvement in his or her performance in debate and in school; and leadership in his or her school, debate league, and community.
Anyone in the urban debate community — a coach, a debater, a league staff member — can nominate a student for this award. From a group of talented debaters and accomplished students, NAUDL chooses a winner and several finalists. All receive college scholarship awards, and the Debater of the Year delivers a speech at the Annual Dinner.