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An-Noor Debate Team: 4th place in the NATION!

posted Mar 20, 2016, 8:56 AM by Hammad Mahmood   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 11:45 AM by ]

An-Noor Debate Team as a whole was awarded the top 4th place in State of NJ among fifty other teams!!!!!!!

AsSalaamu Alaikum,

It is my pleasure to report yet another success for An-Noor Academy's Debate Team MashaAllah! We had our third tournament (state finals) today and MashaAllah I am extremely ecstatic to report that it was yet another achievement! With over fifty teams there, our students were up against improbable odds, but MashaAllah our debate team is unflappable and motivated, as the results proved subhanAllah!!

With just two tournament under our belt, and it being our very first year in the league, we were still quite green and the students knew that it would be a daunting task as all of the schools participating were those that have been doing it for at least ten plus years. I had told the students to try their best, and that to remember that it was the experience not the accolades that was our primary objective. Surprisingly though, I was floored by the results during and after the close of the debates.

One group of three students from our school managed to win one of the Top positions, Eleventh Place, and received medals, out of the fifty one different teams there! That means they beat out forty different teams (a total one hundred and twenty kids)! Ameerat Bisiolu, Ahmad Musa Insannaly, and Huzaifa Ansari managed to be top debaters MashaAllah and defeated 78% of the students present mashaAllah! Additionally, Zahra Arsalan was awarded the top speaker plaque MashaAllah! Moreover, much to my pleasant surprise An-Noor's Debate Team as a whole was awarded the top 4th in State Position as a school MashaAllah!! As predicted, we are now officially an Award Winning School MashaAllah! It was an amazing day to say the least!

Congratulations to the students, parents, and all of the staff at An-Noor Academy! We will be having our Nationals on Saturday, April 16th InshaAllah at Stone Bridge Middle School in Allentown, NJ. I will be choosing six to nine top debaters InshaAllah in the coming week as we will be debating on proposition or opposition (unknown until 15-20 minutes before the debate) on six different topics! Please do pray for the success of our students InshaAllah and Ameen! May all success be ours InshaAllah in this world and the hereafter! Jazakum Allah Khayran for all the support and encouragement!

 Sr Ambreen Ahmad
Debate Coach at An-Noor Academy