An-Noor Debate Team - Winning top positions at New Jersey debate tournament!
MASHA' ALLAH - CONGRATULATIONS!
The assertions being debated were:
An-Noor Middle School Debate Team participated in second debate tournament of the 2016-2017 school year. This debate was unique and challenging in that it combined two debate leagues, our Garden State Debate League with Jersey Shore Debate League; adding up to fifty teams from fifteen different school across New Jersey. Schools there included Catholic schools, Blue Ribbon Public Schools, and preparatory academies. The assertions being debated were; 1) Build the Dakota Access Pipeline, 2) The Trans-Pacific Partnership is good for the United States, 3) The US should NOT colonize Mars, 4) and Autonomous (Self-Driving) cars do more good than harm. Our team consisting of Huzaifa Ansari, Haaris Subhani, and Haaris Syed won ALL FOUR of the debates they argued. Our team consisting of Dania Ali, Shurafa Thowfeeq, and Yaseen Zahir won three out of four debates they argued. Our team consisting of Nazmeen Abbasi, Ainoor Ali, and Zaynab Khan won two out of the four debates they argued. Making our school total nine wins out of twelve debates we argued.
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With one hundred and fifty students there, and An-Noor represented by only nine of those, our students were up against impossible odds, but our debate team is the epitome of "grace under fire" MashaAllah (May Allah subhanatallah protect them always In sha Allah and ameen)! Two of our teams managed Top Positions; Our team consisting of Dania Ali, Shurafa Thowfeeq, and Yaseen Zahir won the Top Twelfth position, while our team consisting of Huzaifa Ansari, Haaris Subhani, and Haaris Syed won the Top Fourth Position! That's not all! Our student Huzaifa Ansari won the Top speaker of School plaque, while Haaris Syed won the FIRST PLACE at Tournament Gavel! That means Haaris beat the other one hundred and forty nine kids there! We felt like we were on top of the world, but there was even more to come! MashaAllah An-Noor as a whole won the SECOND PLACE position at the competitive tournament winning over 75% of the debates they argued! This is a feat without a doubt as the aforementioned topics being debated there were those that even adults surely would not comprehend! For our middle schoolers to not only understand, but become experts on these is in itself an exemplary endeavor!
Congratulations to the students, parents, and all of the staff at An-Noor Academy, especially Sr. Pothina Ghazy for stepping in and being a debate judge at the tournament. May all success be ours InshaAllah in this world and the hereafter! JazakaAllah Khayran for all the support and encouragement!
Sr. Ambreen Ahmad
@ An-Noor Academy