Glenbrook North High School’s Debate team raises thousands of dollars through a national tournament to an organization that provides Chicago Public School students access to debate.
$11,000 was raised and donated to Chicago Debates, a Chicagoland Urban Debate League whose mission is to bridge the educational opportunity gap for Chicago Public Schools by providing students with access to debate.
This is the first time GBN’s Debate team hosted a national tournament virtually for the Pine Crest School who normally holds the event in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida President’s Day Weekend every year.
GBN Debate Director Michael Greenstein said, “In the fall the director of the Pine Crest debate team told me he did not want to host a virtual tournament. I knew that this is one of the tournaments our students and students from around the country really look forward to competing in every year, so I offered to host the tournament for them. My only request was that we would be able to donate the proceeds raised from the tournament to Chicago Debates.”
GBN students and coaching staff helped facilitate the virtual tournament.
“I am really proud of the efforts of our students and coaching staff to make this event a success,” Greenstein said.
The tournament included 126 students from 24 schools with very competitive debate programs from all over the country. The tournament had two divisions: Novice Policy Debate and Varsity Policy Debate.
It was held February 13 through 15.