2016 Debate Demonstration

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On Wednesday, October 26, top high school debaters will present a topic from the previous debate season, to show new debaters the layout of a Public Forum Debate round. The demonstration will be located at Central High School, 1700 W. Olney Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19141, at 3:30 PM. The resolution is, "On balance, standardized testing is beneficial to K-12 education in the United States." 

After the match, veteran coaches and judges will give the group some tips on what was done well and what could be improved. Middle and high school debate teams are welcome to attend, in addition to families and faculty. ASAP Debate is one of the largest urban debate leagues in the country; this year hundreds of students embraced the opportunity and chose to spend their after school hours preparing arguments for debate competition. Debate clubs extend beyond the confines of a classroom, ultimately shaping and preparing youth to be tomorrow's generation of informed leaders.

For more information on this event, or to register, please contact Sara Morningstar at 215-545-2727 ext. 10.

2016 ASAP Directory Release

2016 ASAP Directory Release

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, ASAP & The Philadelphia Daily News, are releasing the 2016-17 Directory of Philadelphia after school programs. ASAP staff and volunteers will be distributing free copies of the directory at 15th & Market St., at 8:00 A.M.

After school is not just a time when kids get to BE themselves – it's a time they get to BECOME themselves through enriching experiences that develop important skills, foster positive relationships and broaden horizons. This year's ASAP Directory features more than 1,000 site listings and almost every activity imaginable to keep kids safe and engaged after school.

 Following the release of the 2016 ASAP Directory in the Philadelphia Daily News, additional copies will be sent to all city schools, libraries, recreation centers and offices of elected officials. We encourage all readers to share the ASAP Directory with parents, caregivers and youth workers so that together we can create a safer, healthier and smarter city for our children, one after school program at a time.

Thanks to a partnership with the Mayor's Commission on Literacy, city residents without home internet access can find a shortcut to the ASAP Directory on the desktop of computers at KEYSPOT locations throughout the city.

In addition, with the support of ASAP's friends and partners, the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Media Network, Citizens Bank, NBCUniversal, Lenfest Foundation, the Horner Foundation and the City of Philadelphia's Department of Human Services, the Directory gets bigger and more useful each year.

For More Information:
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ASAP Chess at State Championships!

Thanks to the generous support of the Lindy Family, ASAP sponsored more than 90 Philadelphia chess students to the 2016 Pennsylvania State Championships in Lancaster, PA for the weekend of March 4th -6th. The PA State Championships is an exciting opportunity and culminating event for the chess students who have been active in ASAP's Philadelphia Scholastic Chess League and Saturday Tournaments. Many of Philadelphia's young chess aficionados took home trophies over the stiff competition of more than 850 kids from across the state.

Philadelphia defended its title as a powerhouse of scholastic chess with J. R. Masterman sweeping the championship at the elementary, middle and high school level! Congratulations to the state champions!

The state championships feature a variety of competitions throughout the weekend for students of all ages and skill levels. Many teams who honed their chess tactics in ASAP's chess league were at their best at states. Some notable winners include:

Enon Connected Pawns won 2nd place club team in the K-6th grade (rated under 1000 section)

In the 7th grade -12th grade (rated under 1000 section) there were several Philly wins:

• Central High School won 2nd place school team
• Minor Threats Chess Club won 2nd place club team
• Dark Knight won 3rd place club team


Individual wins:


Quick Chess Tournament:  Pernell Jordan, Minor Threats Chess Club, 1st place overall in his section. Tahvon Hughes and Bysir Fripps, Minor Threats Chess Club, tied 5th place overall in their section.


K-6th grade (rated under 1000 section)


  *   Armani Brown, Lenfest Center Chess Club, 2nd place unrated

  *   Patrick Ready, J.R. Masterman School, 1st place u700

  *   Moses Bennett, Enon Connected Pawns, 7th place overall

  *   Queron Hope, Enon Connected Pawns, 6th place overall


 K-6th grade (open section)


  *   Harrison Sanford, J.R. Masterman School, 3rd place overall


K-8th grade (open section)


  *   Edward Brown, J.R. Masterman School, 6th place overall

  *   Manus Narula, J.R. Masterman School, 2nd place overall

  *   Ryo Lindsay, J.R. Masterman School, 1st place U1400


 7th grade -12th grade (rated under 1000 section)


  *   Linda Zhang, Academy at Palumbo, 9th place overall

  *   Shamiyah Boozer, Carver Engineering and Science, 8th place overall

  *   Minor Threats Chess Club, 2nd place club team

  *   Carver Engineering and Science, 6th place school team

  *   Madison Ford McKnight, Dark Knights, tied 1st place U800


7th grade -12th grade (rated under 1300 section)


  *   Sammy Tran, Central High School, 1st place U1100

  *   Elijah Rowe, Central High School, tied 10th place overall

  *   Pernell Jordan, Minor Threats Chess Club, tied 10th place overall

  *   Tyjon Conway, Dark Knights Chess Club, tied 10th place overall

  *   Johnny Freeman, Minor Threats Chess Club, tied 5th place overall

    *  Jeffrey Kunnel of Central High School won 2nd place overall

  *   Tyjon Conway, Dark Knights, tied 10th place overall


 K-12th grade (open section)


  *   Shira Moolten, J.R. Masterman School, tied 10th place overall

  *   Josh Caiman Hernandez, J.R. Masterman School, 8th place overall

  *   Andrew Dang, Academy at Palumbo, 1st place U1400


Book Fair!

Annoucing the March 2016 Barnes & Noble Book Fair!

For the whole month of March, every item you purchase at Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse (1805 Walnut St.) can benefit ASAP's students! With your purchase at Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse, up to 20% of the profits will be given to ASAP's programs at no extra cost to you.

Buy your books today! During store checkout, simply say: "I'm supporting the Philly ASAP Bookfair" and up to 20% of your proceeds will go towards ASAP.


Can't make it to Rittenhouse?! You can still show your support by shopping online in March! For every item that is purchased online at Barnes & Noble on behalf of ASAP, Barnes & Noble contributes 10% of the purchase price to ASAP.  

Click on the link below to shop, and make sure to enter ASAP’s Bookfair ID listed below during checkout to ensure ASAP receives credit!
Bookfair ID: 11824489
Don't forget: Barnes & Noble offers NOOK e-readers, books, music, DVDs, educational toys, games and much more.



New Debate Topic:



Based on a nationwide vote, the 2016 March Public Forum topic is, Resolved: The United States should withdraw its military presence from Okinawa.

A total of 256 schools and 620 students voted for the resolution. The winning resolution received 55% of the school vote and 54% of the student vote.

Source: http://www.speechanddebate.org/aspx/news.aspx?id=205 


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