The Great Debate

The KwanzaaFest Great Debate, a partnership that began in 2007 and has paired us with the Dallas Urban Debate League, has been suspended for 2013. Although this program has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarship to deserving high school debaters in the Dallas area, limited funding would not allow us to continue the effort this year.

The Great Debate History

Stephanie Jimenez,her father and Commissioner Price.
$7500.00 Awarded July 19, 2013

2010

The Chairman and members of the KwanzaaFest/Oncor Encore Great Debate committee are proud to announce the winners of the third annual event held on December 9, 2010. Both the first and second place winners hail from Dallas Skyline High. Lauren Loper who is a 2009 champion paired with Stephanie Jiminez and each claimed the first prize scholarship of $2000 each. Kelia Neal and Jamesha Bodwell will receive $1500 each for their appearance.
Students from Conrad High and Sunset competed in the semi-final event and will receive $500 per student. Conrad's Mawuena Banini and Patricia Togbetse, both born in Ghana West Africa along with Sunset's Lorenzo Almanza and Erick Alonoso all proved to be tough competitors.

2009

The Chairman and members of the KwanzaaFest/Oncor Encore Great Debate committee are proud to announce the winners of the second annual event held on December 13, 2009. The 2009 first place winners from Skyline high are Jose Ortiz and Lauren Loper. Our second place team hails from Bryan Adams High and includes seniors Alul Yesak and Starr Miller.

2008

First-place winners were Carter freshman Terrance Jackson and sophomore Bianka Richmond. Each will receive a $2,500 college scholarship. Second-place winners were Roosevelt juniors Myesha Cook and Abel Martinez. They will receive $1,500 college scholarships. The two runners-up, Carter sophomore Jose Perez and junior LeNice Page-Franklin, will receive $250 scholarships.
For details, please call 214.226.4016.