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Ms. Elise Dicharry
dicharrye@sfusd.edu

Ms. Helena Corda
cordah@sfusd.edu

Speech & Debate Elective

New for the 2018-19 school year.  To be updated.

Debate Team

If you are ready to challenge yourself, learn about current events, win trophies, and ARGUE, then the JLMS Debate Team is the place for you.  Veterans and novices from all grades are welcome.  The team meets on Fridays in Room 108 from 3:45pm - 4:30pm every week. 

BAUDL

The JLMS debate team competes in the Middle School League of the Bay Area Urban Debate League (BAUDL).

Tournament Results

To see how your debater did in a particular tournament, visit Tabroom.com.

Debating Builds Mental Strength

Read an interesting blog series about how debating builds mental strength.

Speech & Debate

"It's better to debate a question without settling it
than to settle a question without debating it."

     James Lick students love to argue.  They argue with their parents, they argue with their teachers, and they argue with their friends.  Enter the JLMS Debate Team, which transforms students' intense desire to make their voices heard into a tool for learning and engagement.  Debaters can expect to develop their abilities to think critically and advocate persuasively while at the same time benefiting from increased exposure to topical research and current events that boosts their literacy, research skills, and civic engagement.

     Debate is an academic sport.  Our school is one of the founding members of the Middle School League of the Bay Area Urban Debate League (BAUDL), which debuted during the 2014-15 school year.  BAUDL believes that debate increases student academic performance, enriches and expands their college and career opportunities, and provides the intellectual and networking tools for youth to thrive as active, responsible leaders in their communities. 

    Through our annual participation in BAUDL, JLMS is able to field a team of competitive debaters that use their argumentative skills to vanquish opponents all around the Bay Area.  Students compete using Public Forum Debate conventions in which two teams of two students oppose each other to debate designated topics from current news stories from around the world.  For each tournament, participants are given a packet of information to use in formulating their arguments but are also allowed to do their own research. 

    Any students that are interested in current events, intellectual competition, academic challenges, or public speaking should consider getting involved in the debate team.  All interested participants are welcome!  No prior experience in debate is required to join, and team members can choose the debate tournaments in which they wish to participate.

2018-2019 Season

The following is the middle school debate schedule for the 2018-2019 school year.  There is no cost for JLMS team members to participate in debates.  Transportation is by carpool leaving from JLMS around 8:45am and returning around 5pm.

  • Season Opener:  October 13 @ Chabot College
  • Speech + Debate Fall Classic:  November 11 @ SF City College
  • Harvey Milk Classic:  December 1 @ Westlake MS
  • Listen, Learn, Lead Tournament: February 9 @ Elmhurst MS
  • Angela Davis Debates:  February 24 @ Frick MS
  • JLMS Academic Expo: TBA
  • Middle School State Championship: TBA

2017-2018 Season

Congratulations on a job well done to all the JLMS students who were part of the 2017-2018 debate team and participated in one or more of the following BAUDL middle school debates.  A special shout out to the JLMS debaters who won many (many!) team or individual speaker awards.


Season Opener and Fall Classic


The Middle School Season Opener was held on September 30, 2017, at Chabot College in Hayward, and the Speech + Debate Fall Classic was held on October 14, 2017, at City College in San Francisco.  Topic resolved:  Deployment of anti-missile systems is in South Korea's best interest.


Harvey Milk Classic


 

T The Harvey Milk Classic was held on December 9, 2017, at Elmhurst MS in Oakland.  Topic resolved:  The United States should require universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers of ownership.


Angela Davis Debate


The Angela Davis Debate was held on February 24, 2018 at Frick MS in Oakland.  Topic resolved:  Spain should grant Catalonia its independence.  


JLMS Academic Expo


On March 14, 2018, debate team members presented two public exhibition debates at the JLMS Academic Expo.  Topic #1:  Lollipops are better than ice cream.  Topic #2:  The United States should require universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers of ownership.  After each debate, audience members voted on the winners.  A fun time was had by all who attended!   


Middle School State Championship

The Middle School State Championship was held on May 5, 2018 at Diablo Valley College.

2016-2017 Season

Congratulations on a job well done to all the JLMS students who were part of the 2016-2017 debate team and participated in one or more of the following BAUDL middle school debates.  A special shout out to the JLMS debaters who won many (many!) team or individual speaker awards (sorry we only started keeping track half way through the season!).


Season Opener and Fall Classic

The Middle School Season Opener was held on October 1, 2016, at Frick Impact Academy in Oakland, and the Middle School Speech and Debate Fall Classic was held on October 15, 2016, at City College in San Francisco.  Topic resolved:  In United States public K-12 schools, the probable cause standard ought to apply to searches of students. 


Harvey Milk Classic

The Harvey Milk Classic was held on December 3, 2016, at Visitation Valley MS in San Francisco.  Topic resolved:  The United States should end Plan Columbia.   


Angela Davis Debate

The Angela Davis Debate was held on January 21, 2017, at St. Mary's College in Moraga.  Topic resolved:  The United States should lift its embargo against Cuba.


Speak Learn Lead

The Speak Learn Lead Tournament was held on February 25, 2017, at our very own JLMS.  Topic resolved:  The President of the United States should be elected by the direct vote of the people.

  • Varsity team awards:  Taytum W. & Nathaniel W. (4th place), Jackson M. & Joe S. (3rd place), and Natalia M. & Bina H.G. (2nd place).
     
  • Varsity speaker awards:  Taytum W. (5th place), Jackson M. (4th place), and Bina H.G. (3rd place).  
     
  • Novice team awards:  Fatima M. & Humhuma S. (5th place) and Asha B. & John S. (4th place).
     
  • Novice speaker awards:  Humhuma S. (9th place), Natalia M. (8th place), and Fatima M. (7th place).

League Championship

The Middle School League Championship was held on March 23, 2017, at Frick Impact Academy in Oakland.  Topic resolved:  The United States should no longer pressure Israel to work toward a two-state solution.  A special congratulations to the three JLMS teams who advanced to the novice and varsity championship rounds!

  • Varsity team awards:  Joe S. & Kelsia W. (4th place), Natalia M. & Bina H.G. (2nd place), and Tulabelle R. & Taytum W. (1st place).
     
  • Varsity speaker awards:  Tulabelle R. (5th place), Bina H.G. (2nd place), and Kelsia W. (1st).
     
  • Novice team awards:  Rosamaey M. & Jaimia W. (9th place), Asha B. & Ashley A. (7th place), and Zion M. & John C. (2nd place).
     
  • Novice speaker awards:  Zion M. (10th place), Marcus A. (4th place), Asha B. (3rd place), and John C. (1st place).

Closeout Invitational

The Bay Area Closeout Middle School Invitational was held on May 6, 2017, at U.C. Berkeley.  Topic resolved:  The President of the United States should be elected by the direct vote of the people. 

  • Varsity speaker awards:  Taytum W. (8th place).
     
  • Novice team awards:  Hector L. & Ashlee A. and Rosamay M. & Jaimia W. advanced to the elimination rounds.

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Season Opener

The Middle School Season Opener was held on October 13, 2018, at Chabot College in Hayward.  Topic resolved:   The United States should accede to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea without reservations. 

JLMS Academic Expo

On March 14, 2018, debate team members presented two public exhibition debates at the JLMS Academic Expo.  Topic #1 resolved:  Lollipops are better than ice cream.  Topic #2 resolved:  The United States should require universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers of ownership.  After each debate, audience members voted on the winners.  A fun time was had by all who attended!  

 

Angela Davis Debate

The Angela Davis Debate was held on February 24, 2018 at Frick MS in Oakland.  Topic resolved:  Spain should grant Catalonia its independence.  Congratulations on a job well done to all the JLMS students who participated, and a special shout out to the debaters who won the following team or individual speaker awards:

 

Harvey Milk Classic

The Harvey Milk Classic was held on December 9, 2017, at Elmhurst MS in Oakland.  Topic resolved:  The United States should require universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers of ownership.  Congratulations on a job well done to all the JLMS students who participated, and a special shout out to the debaters who won the following team or individual speaker awards: