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City Club of Cleveland - 3-13-2020 - 2020 High School Debate Championship
For more than two decades, The City Club of Cleveland has hosted the annual High School Debate Championship. While most high school students are watching basketball finals and preparing for spring break, these enterprising students prepare for the High School Debate Championship as well as for state and national competitions.

Every year, the top two area high school debaters square off in a classic "Lincoln-Douglas" style debate at a Friday forum. This gives the debaters the opportunity to compete-not only for the judges and the audience in the room-but also for our radio and television audiences. We encourage you to cheer on the participants via the livestream at or on the radio at 90.3 WCPN at 12:30 p.m.

This year's debate is between Allie Dettelbach of Hawken School and Dev Peyrat of University School. The resolution is: Predictive policing is unjust.

Allie Dettelbach
Debater, Hawken School

Dev Peyrat
Debater, University School

Thomas R. Lucchesi
Partner, BakerHostetler

Mourad Zeynalov
Student at Hawken School

William Liu
Debater at Brecksville-Broadview Heights HS

Nick Castele
Reporter/Producer at ideastream

Dan Moulthrop
CEO, The City Club of Cleveland
March 13, 2020