ASF Debate Team @ Worlds

We would like to take a moment to recognize Mariana Icaza for ranking the 5th best ESL speaker (in the world) at the World Schools Debate Championship this summer. Mariana is a rising senior at ASF and captain of our Debate Team. Back in April, She was selected to represent Mexico at a global scale and has been training daily ever since apart from fulfilling her responsibilities academically, as a ballet dancer, and with her peers. She is a force to be reckoned with. Mariana epitomizes the slogan of our team; she has truly unleashed her voice. 

This is the first time in the history of Mexican debate that our country hosts this tournament. It was a stepping stone to make debate much more accessible both for the country and across the world. The 68 nations that participated split into two divisions based on different time zone ranges: Aztec and Maya. The tournament’s online format allowed a lot of new teams to join this year, making it one of the highest in diversity yet. 

Team Mexico, with Stanislaw Ostyk-Narbut (another ASF student) as the brainiac of the group, was committed to handling some tough cases. They had to be fully prepared to deal with the creation of specific non-residential areas for drug users and dealers to engage, replacing human judgment with computer algorithms in criminal sentencing decisions, and delegating all land rights to the government for property to be leased out on limited-term contracts. While the team didn’t make it to finals, they certainly put up our typical bear-style fight.  

We highly encourage you to join the ASF Debate Team. We work as an Extended Learning program open for students in Middle and Upper School. No previous knowledge is required. If you’d like help with a presentation or simply want to win some arguments with your parents, debate is the place for you. Meetings are held Tuesdays and Thursdays after school; anyone is welcome! If you would like to participate, contact Mr. Jones at