Northeast high school debaters head straight to varsity

Thanks to the commitment of ASAP club leaders and coaches, students in Philadelphia aren’t letting the pandemic get in the way of pursuing their passions and bonding with their peers.

For Northeast High School freshmen Isaac and Reina, when it came to finding their place at their new school, they leaned on ASAP Debate—a program they’ve been a part of since the 6th grade.

ASAP Debate virtual zoom session with Isaac and Reina
Pictured: Northeast debate coach Theresa Bramwell (bottom right), 9th grader Reina (top right), and 9th grader Isaac (top left)

And thanks to the recommendation of teacher and veteran coach Theresa Bramwell, Isaac and Reina are not only participating as freshmen — they are excelling. This young duo went straight to the Varsity division of ASAP’s Scholastic Debate League, competing against the city’s most seasoned competitive debaters on complex topics like whether or not the federal government should regulate the cryptocurrency industry.

But fear was no factor here.

Coach Bramwell didn’t make the decision to promote lightly. With more than 10 years of coaching experience, she’s learned to recognize the potential of dedicated students like Isaac and Reina. So far, she’s impressed:

Combining their talents with guidance from their coach, Reina and Isaac have flourished:

So this giving season, we ask that you help ASAP give students like Reina and Isaac and coaches like Ms. Bramwell throughout Philadelphia the after school opportunities and experiences they deserve. Your generosity and partnership does not go unnoticed, by both ASAP, and the students we serve.

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