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2014 SDS Honors Banquet

You are cordially invited to celebrate with the Shelby Debate Society at our third annual 2014 Honors Banquet held on Thursday, May 15!

Join us to continue our tradition of recognizing our incredibly talented student debaters and devoted teacher mentors with trophies, prizes, and a meal. Attending demonstrates your commitment to cultivating our community by fulfilling our mission: delivering Shelby County high and middle school students life-changing personal growth through competitive interscholastic debate. The strength of our society is only measured by your continued sponsorship; therefore this event is the preeminent opportunity to generate donations and volunteers to fulfill our community responsibilities.

Our banquet will be hosted at Germantown Baptist Church at 6:30pm.

Attendance is free for our debaters and they may bring one guest. Additional tickets are available for $5.00

Article in The Teen Appeal Features Middle College’s Debate Team

Click here to read the article

Cuban Missile Crisis Presentation

This is a copy of the presentation given by Mr. Sdoia at the Summer Debate Camp at the University of Memphis.  Because of file size limitations, you will need to download all three parts. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Now Accepting Monthly Donations!

Our program depends on the generosity of the community in which we serve.  To make giving easier, our program now offers you the ability to make small monthly donations to our program via your credit card automatically.  Use the drop down menu below to select your level of giving then click on the “Subscribe” button.  It is easy and simple.  Thank you for your generous support.

Monthly Donation Options





New Study Shows Urban Debate Keeps At-Risk Youth in School

A new study by Susannah Anderson and Briana Mezuk shows that among adolescents who are the most at risk of not graduating high school, participation in debate leads to significantly higher graduation rates and better grades and ACT scores.

Anderson and Mezuk compared academic results for debaters against those of non-debating students, based on risk indicators that measured poverty (free lunch status, neighborhood poverty) and learning challenges (special education status, low 8th grade standardized test scores).

Overall, debaters were three times more likely to graduate than non-debaters. The most dramatic difference was seen among the highest risk students, with 72% of debaters graduating compared with 43% of students who did not debate.

The study also measured the impact of intensity of participation (number of rounds debated) and competitive success (ratio of wins to total rounds debated) on academic performance. Not surprisingly, both quantity and quality of participation significantly increased the likelihood of graduation and performance on the ACT.

To read the complete study CLICK HERE

2nd Annual Memphis Urban Debate League Honors Banquet – May 9, 2013

We wish to acknowledge and thank the Germantown Baptist Church Manriser Ministry for providing the venue and the food for our banquet.

Watch The Memphis Urban Debate League Mini-Documentary:

I Have A Voice (Password is: ilovedebate)