Tulsa Debate League

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TDL Senior is McLain Valedictorian


TDL students headed to state, national tournaments


Two TDL Students Headed to Nationals


Debate teams from Webster, Langston Hughes Academy headed to national championships

The Tulsa World covered TDL teams going to the Urban Debate National Championship on March 4th. http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/education/debate-teams-from-webster-langston-hughes-academy-headed-to..

Tulsa Kids article about TDL

Tulsa Kids Magazine covered TDL in its September issue. http://www.tulsakids.com/September-2017/Tulsa-Debate-League-Prepares-Students-for-College/ ..

Tulsa World covers TDL's success, expansion

In the Sunday, May 20th edition of the Tulsa World, columnist Ginnie Graham finds that the Tulsa Debate League is "reviving this academic extracurricular pursuit." http://www.tulsaworld..

Remembering Gregg Hartney

On Tuesday, October 25th, the Oklahoma debate community lost a powerful voice for debate education. Gregg Hartney, 66, Tulsa Debate League’s program manager, was killed in a car accide..

TDL's growth: by the numbers

Because of donors and volunteers like you, the Tulsa Debate League has grown dramatically. Last year, tournament attendance at TDL-organized tournaments averaged 20 debaters. This year, 92 st..

TDL #3 Results

Our first tournament without Gregg Hartney in the tab room was bittersweet. He would have been so proud of the progress our students have made. On Friday, November 18th, 34 students from five Tuls..

TDL #1 Results

Policy Team Awards Langston Hughes Academy for Arts and Technology - CJ Padillow and ReShayla Tucker East Central High School - Jonathan Duckett and Joshua Tacha Daniel We..

TDL hosts first summer camp

The Tulsa Debate League hosted its first annual summer debate camp at Union's 9th Grade Center this July. Students spent a week at the camp learning how to debate with an emphasis on the year's de..

Volunteers needed for Tournament #2

TDL will host its second tournament at Will Rogers High School on October 28th, 2016. We will need around 50 volunteers who can commit an evening to judging four rounds of debate at the competitio..

TPS student wins nationals in extemporaneous speaking

Booker T. Washington High School senior Micah Cash took home the top prize in US Extemporaneous Speaking at the National Speech and Debate Association's National Tournament in June. This makes Mic..

Students speak about the power of debate

Two TDL debaters, Raeleigh Pulliam and Brian Cain, spoke about how debate has impacted their lives at the May 2nd Tulsa Public Schools School Board meeting. The two students were greeted with appl..

5A Regional qualifier tournament results

It was the first year for most students in the Tulsa Debate League to compete at the Regional qualifier to the State tournament, and the results were impressive - TDL teams finished as the top two..

TDL sends 12 to nationals

Tulsa Debate League member schools turned in an impressive performance at the National Speech and Debate Association East Oklahoma District qualifier tournament. Two schools will send 12 students ..

East Central HS places in Champ division

TPS debaters at East Central High School achieved success at the next level on Saturday, placing in the Championship division of Cross-Examination debate at Owasso High School's tournament. Congra..

City Championship results

Results are in for TDL's first annual City Championship. Congratulations to all of the teams who made it this far. Our debaters made a lot of progress since the beginning of the school year. In fu..

Micah Cash: continuing Booker T.'s success in extemp

Though Micah Cash won the Heritage Hall tournament in Lincoln Douglas debate (no small feat), it's his performance in extemporaneous speaking that is setting him apart from his peers around the co..

Another successful tournament at Union High School

The Union tournament was another big success for TDL. TDL debaters took first and second in 5A CX debate and swept the speaker awards. In addition, students won numerous awards in individual event..

TDL debaters win Bixby tournament

TDL debaters and speech competitors attended the Bixby High School tournament this past weekend. Policy debaters Rayleigh Pulliam and Stephanie Arechiga-Lopez from East Central High School won fir..

Movie Night with Tulsa Debate League

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TDL College Day

The Tulsa Debate League partnered with four university debate programs to deliver a program at tournament #3 focused on college debate opportunities for high school students. Matt Moore of the Uni..

Tournament #3 Results

Tournament results: 1st Place: Pulliam and Arechiga-Lopez (East Central) 2nd Place: Avila Garcia and Murrell (East Central) 3rd Place:Blaine and Heady (Central) Sp..

Booker T. Washington tournament results

Four schools from the Tulsa Debate League participated in speech and debate activities at the Booker T. Washington tournament. Congratulations to all of our students: Webster High Schoo..

Primary Debate Watch Party

Join the Tulsa Debate League as we host a watch party for the third GOP primary debate in a fun and non-partisan environment. We will have raffle and door prizes, live screen printing of TDL..

Tournament #2 Results

TDL tournament #2 at Tulsa Community College Northeast concluded on Friday, October 23rd. Congratulations to everyone on a successful tournament. Tournament results: 1st Plac..

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TCC needs judges in November

On November 6 - 8 TCC will host the forensics tournament at the NE campus. 25 colleges will compete in acting, public speaking, and debate events. They need 50 judges. To volunteer, click on the l..

T1 in the books

The Tulsa Debate League hosted its first tournament - a one-day scrimmage - at Tulsa Community College Northeast. The tournament was a great success for debaters, coaches, and volunteer judges...

The 2015-2016 season begins

The Tulsa Debate League launches its first season as part of the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues network for the 2015-2016 season. Seven Tulsa Public Schools will participate: Central..

Tulsa Debate League partners with Tulsa Public Schools for 2015-2016

On September 8th, the TPS Board of Education recommended that TPS enter enter into a memorandum of understanding with TDL to grow and sustain debate programs in District high schools. TDL wil..

Cole Murdock Memorial Fund

In his short life, Cole Murdock made more of an impact on those around him than most will make in long and full lives. Despite having been an incredible debater and one of the smartest peopl..

Tulsa Debate League funds three programs at TPS

The Tulsa Debate League is pleased to announce that we will be supporting three debate programs in Tulsa Public Schools this year. Central High Schools will field returning debaters for the first ..

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