Join the Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy Debate Team

Why join the ICCA Debate Team? Because Debate Changes Lives

  • Encourages teamwork and enhances ability to research, organize and present compelling arguments
  • Boost students’ confidence, poise and self-esteem
  • Meet debaters from all over NYC and Long Island at debate tournaments and have fun
  • Opportunity to compete at regional and possibly national tournaments
  • Become part of the American Debate League City Championship

Higher Graduation & College Acceptance Rates

  • Debaters have a 22% to 30% higher acceptance rate at top tier colleges
  • Being the captain of the debate team “improved an applicant’s chances by more than 60%”
  • 90% of urban high school debaters graduate vs. 50% of students in urban schools
  • 72% of high-risk secondary school debaters graduate vs. 43% high-risk non-debaters

How to Become a Member of the Mighty, Mighty Debate Team

  • Meetings every Friday After School and some Thursdays (depending on competition)
  • Speak to Debate Coach John Shea (7th Grade Teacher) or Coordinator Karen Allim (Nursery Teacher)

Learn more about the American Debate League and the Benefits of Learning Debate and Public Speaking here: