INVICTUS: Latin “for invincible”

What is Invictus Debate?

Invictus Debate is Washington Latin Public Charter School’s Policy Debate team, led by coach Brittany Selah Lee-Bey.  The Latin Policy Debate team began during the 2016-2017 school year with two sixth grade students in the novice division.  By the middle of the season, they were elevated to the junior varsity division after victoriously achieving a 3-1 record at two novice tournaments. Today, 15 Latin students have registered for the Matthew Ornstein Summer Debate Institute, the Washington Urban Debate League (WUDL), and debates against schools in DC and Prince George’s county.

(Latin also has Upper School Model UN Club and a Debate Club in the public forum debate format. For information on these activities, please contact Joyce Hamd, US History teacher

Join the team!

All students at Latin interested in policy debate are welcome to join Invictus! Practices will be held each Monday and Wednesday after school in room 139 (3:45-4:30 pm). Please see below for upcoming events and tournaments. For questions about the team, please contact Brittany Selah Lee-Bey ( or 202-223-1111 Ext 137).


Practice (10/10-10/13)

In preparation for Saturday’s tournament, we will hold three practices before 10/14.  The practices will be as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 10; 3:45-4:40pm
  • Wednesday, October 11; 3:45-4:40pm
  • Friday, October 13; 3:25-4:30pm (optional)

Please be sure to bring your files, a pen or a pencil, and a highlighter.  If you have a timer, you can bring that as well.


First Tournament

The first tournament of the 2017-2018 school year is on October 14 at Capital City PCS.  Please arrive by 8:30am and be prepared to begin debating at 9am.  Students will debate four rounds and should expect to finish before 5pm.  An award ceremony follows the four rounds.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Location: Capital City PCS (100 Peabody St NW; not too far from Latin)

Materials: You will need to bring your files, a pen, a highlighter, and a timer if you have one.

Attire: Please dress professionally, but comfortably.  Some students have worn their uniform in the past.  Khakis or nice pants, a dress or a skirt, and a nice shirt or blouse is sufficient.

I’m looking forward to this first tournament.  It will be fun and you will have a chance to show off what you know!!  You got this Leones!



The following should help you prepare for our first tournament.  I have included some videos covering key skills, like flowing and cross ex questions.


Debate Topics 2017-18

Topics and Research

Below are links to resources to help you prepare for debate tournaments. We will periodically share information intended to give debaters background knowledge about the case files on this page throughout the year.

The 2017-2018 policy debate topic is:

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.

Debaters will argue in favor or against proposed educational reform proposing funding for (but not limited to) STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, vouchers for students with disabilities, charter schools, and career and technology schools.  Students should pay close attention to current events regarding educational reform, the environment and clean technology, economic stimulation, global competitiveness, etc.

The following is the link for the case files.  Remember, novice is bound to use the novice evidence packet, while JV must only stick to the plan-text.  Varsity debaters will be writing their own case files.

Novice and JV Evidence Packets

This summer, 15 Latin students attended the Matthew H Ornstein Washington Summer Debate Institute, a program of the Washington Urban Debate League and the Matthew Ornstein Memorial Foundation.
Students learned the ins and outs of this year’s debate topic, Education Reform, listened to topic experts including scholars from the Center for American Progress, the Brookings Institution, and Assistant Secretary of Education Kim Ford. They also worked on developing the note taking, research, and evidence analysis skills that are the hallmarks of strong debaters. Check out our pictures below!