Councilmember Desley Brooks (left) with winners of the Urban Debate National Championship, Christine Harris and Malachi Ambrose. Photo by Ken Epstein.
Two Skyline High School students, Christine Harris and Malachi Ambrose, were honored at this week’s City Council meeting for winning the Urban Debate National Championship in Chicago, beating the best debaters from urban high schools across the nation and marking a first for their high school and the Bay Area Urban Debate League.
The City Council resolution was introduced by Councilmember Desley Brooks.
Harris and Ambrose were unanimously given the final round victory by three judges, debating on the topic of foreign policy in China. Harris was also named the tournament’s best debater. She has been offered a full scholarship to UC Berkeley.
Ambrose plans to continue debating in college and has been accepted by the University of Texas.
The championship debate on April 24 brought together 44 pairs of the country´s top policy debaters. The students represented 22 metro leagues that included over 500 public schools.
Ambrose, who mentors and coaches young debaters, said that debating has transformed his life.
“When I found debate, I found myself, and that´s the biggest value this national championship has for new debaters,” he said in an interview in the East Bay Times.
The students’ Skyline High School coach was Christopher Scheer.