Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing. 

Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 

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DA debate: rags to riches in a decade

Having watched coach Jeff Welty establish the first viable DA debate team just a decade ago, I have been so proud and pleased to see our speech and debate program flourish. And "flourish" is an understatement.

Jeff (who continues as an Assistant Coach) and his successor (Robert Sheard, who has distinguished himself as one of the nation's top debate coaches) have joined with scores of talented and dedicated students to create a speech and debate juggernaut.

The team's performance at the 2014 National Forensic League's National Speech & Debate Tournament was one for the record books. Perhaps most notable, recent graduates Will Ruff and Justin Katz wrapped up their DA debate careers in style with a second-place finish in Public Forum Debate. As a result, the pair clinched the season-…

Posted by in Upper School, Other, Alumni on Wednesday June 25, 2014
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Second City success for DA debaters

Good news from Speech and Debate Coach Robert Sheard:

Greetings from frigid Chicago! As you can tell from the timestamp [1:56 am], it's late, but I wanted to share the news with you before we lose tomorrow (today) to travel.

This weekend the Cavaliers competed at The Glenbrooks, one of the four most prestigious tournaments of the year (the other three being Harvard, The Tournament of Champions, and NFL Nationals).

I want to congratulate Zain Clapacs on being a quarterfinalist in Extemporaneous Speaking and earning another bid to the Extemp Tournament of Champions.
But our Public Forum teams were show-stoppers. After 6 prelim rounds, our three entries were a combined 14-4. Will Ruff and Justin Katz were one of only three undefeated teams (out of 151 entries). Eilene Yang and Loften …
Posted by in Upper School on Monday November 25, 2013
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