My name is Christina Damon and I am a proud DUDL Alumna. I first began to participate in the program my Junior year of high school at Martin Luther King Early College and I quickly fell in love with the challenge of debate.
Prior to debate, I had not found an extracurricular activity in high school that i truly enjoyed and wanted to see through to the end. I played volleyball and ran track in high school but neither sport was nearly as fulfilling as debate. I thrived in DUDL and discovered that I could speed read, actively listen to others to pick out important points in their arguments and respectfully disagree. My Senior year of high school, I continued debate and began to see the fruits of my labor when my partner and I won our way to the National tournament in New York City.
The experiences that DUDL granted me as well as many other Denver city youth has been very precious and will always be a streak of light in my memories of high school. Today I am a Senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver becoming an elementary school teacher and give much credit to the DUDL program for my success in college. I enjoy returning to DUDL events and being able to judge at tournaments and see high school students discover talents and weaknesses that they were unaware of before participating in DUDL. At the tournaments I get the privilege to watch students' self esteem spike and their confidence in their speeches shine through over the course of the debate season.
I am extremely grateful for the Denver Urban Debate league and the effort that is put forth every year to keep the program alive for future high school students. I hope to judge at many more tournaments and produce many more DUDL alumni.
-Christina Damon, DUDL Class of 2010
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. 2255 East Evans Avenue Suite 406, Denver, CO 80210
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