The snowstorm that immobilized much of the district this past Saturday kept many in the comfort of their homes, but not TMA's fearless debate team. Despite the snowy conditions, members of the debate team made it out to Roosevelt Senior High School for the Urban Debate League's fourth tournament of the season.
The two topics they were set to debate?: The relevance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in modern education and whether or not the federal minimum wage should be raised to ten dollars an hour.
After three hours of intellectual exchanges and intense debate, the results were in. TMA went nearly undefeated during the course of the day, winning 7 matches and losing just one. With a dominating performance and an 87.5% winning percentage, TMA took home first place overall. In addition to taking taking home top honors, TMA earned some individual and team accolades. Tamara Johnson placed 14th overall out of all individual speakers. The team comprised of Tamara Johnson, Brian Crawford and Demetrius Suggs was 10th overall with a 3-1 record. Deycha Robinson and Alicia Hargrove's team earned 4th place by going undefeated on the day (See picture above. Wouldn't you be smiling if you were undefeated?)
Below is a picture of the entire debate team with their cache of trophies and medals along with with advisors, John London, Marielys Garcia, and Eleanor Lewis. If you're interested in joining a top-notch debate team and winning a lot of awards appeals to you, see Mr. London or Ms. Garcia. They are specifically looking for 9th and 10th graders to join their roster of great debaters.
Thurgood Marshall Academy is a public charter high school located in Southeast, DC. Our mission is to prepare students to succeed in college and to actively engage in our democratic society. Since our inception in 2001, we have had a college acceptance rate of 100%.
We are successful, in part, because our students are engaged in meaningful programing that extends beyond the school day. The Other 17 Hours is dedicated to celebrating all of the amazing things that TMA students do outside of the classroom.