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Lt. Governor Quinn joins with Chicago Debate League to recognize local high school champion debaters


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Young leaders follow in the footsteps of the recent hit movie The Great Debaters!

*National Urban Debate Championships to begin Thursday in Chicago*

(Chicago) - On Tuesday, April 1, at 2 p.m., Lt. Governor Pat Quinn will congratulate the winners of the Chicago Debate League Competition and emphasize the importance of the power of debate in urban schools as Illinois young leaders follow in the footsteps of the recent hit movie, The Great Debaters. The press conference will be held in the 15th floor Blue Room of the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street in Chicago.

"Debate helps students to think critically and become more actively engaged in their studies," Quinn said.   "The people of Illinois salute our young debate champions who will represent our state in the national debate championships beginning in Chicago this Thursday."

The 11th Annual Chicago Debate League Varsity City Champion who qualified for the national championship is Lane Technical College Prep, represented by the team of Andrew Hobaugh and Nick Locke.  Also qualifying for the national championship is Morgan Park High School, represented by the team of Cydney Edwards and Krystal Barnes. 

The Chicago Debate League (CDL) is the second-oldest Urban Debate League in the country.  Founded in 1997 with five Chicago public schools, CDL now encompasses 39 public schools, more than 1,000 debaters, 71 CPS teacher-coaches and more than 300 community volunteers.

The Chase Urban Debate National Championship is being held in Chicago at Northwestern University Kellog School of Management Loop Campus starting Thursday, April 3.  It will host two teams from each of the 19 Urban Debate Leagues from across the country for a weekend of competition, conferencing and community building.

At the press conference, Quinn will be joined by Walter Payton College Prep, represented by the team of Anisha Bhat and Ola Topczewska, who won the Chicago Debate League Junior Varsity City Championship.

The press conference will include Chicago Public School Administrator for CDL Sylvia Nelson-Jordan; Student Member of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chicago Urban Debate League alum Chime Asonye; Morgan Park coach Bill Colson; Lane Tech coach Curt Maslanka; and Walter Payton head coach Katherine Chuu and assistant coach Michelle Mowery.

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