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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Flatbush Debate 2017

On February 8th, the Yeshivah of Flatbush was host to one of the largest debate competitions in Yeshivah League history. 14 schools from all around the tri-state area came to compete in our annual debate. The evening saw nearly every single classroom in the building home to matches between students engaging in an intellectual debate about whether voting should be made mandatory.

An event with this many moving parts only succeeds with a lot of help. There was the hard work of the Flatbush team that competed so well that night: Ben Wade, Shlomo Husni, Nathan Marcus, Isabel Lin, Marvin Azrak, Yair Aiash, Eli Feldman, and Ricky Esses. In addition, the rest of the Debate team helped with timekeeping and calculating scores, and in addition to training the team, the planning and organizing for the evening was done by the Flatbush debate coach, Shelley Kaplowitz--with the able assistance of one of the captains, Raquel Cohen. (and a logistical hand from Mr. David Galpert)

Since the meet was so large, additional judges were needed and they included Flatbush teachers, parents and alumni who were willing to give up their time to do this. There was pizza for the kids and a dinner for the judges was provided by Chani Guttman and a delicious dessert was donated by the Ladies Auxiliary. And of course, the custodial staff whose hard work made it possible for us to utilize the building in the way we did.

There are multiple debates on the League calendar every year, but Flatbush is always one of the highlights because, as several visiting coaches and students were overheard to say, "Flatbush knows how to do these things right!"