Bergen County Debate Club sets record at Harvard Tournament

Bergen County Debate Club sets record at Harvard Tournament

New Club Sets Record in Middle School Success


Bergen County, NJ – Bergen County Debate Club (BCDC) set a new record over President’s Day weekend at the Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament.  BCDC debate teams claimed 6 out of 16 elimination round placements in the middle school division of Public Forum debate, achieving an unprecedented level of success and excellence for a single club. Additionally, they had students advance to elimination round in five out of the six divisions and seven teams finished with an undefeated record.


The tournament, held annually on the Harvard campus, is the largest high school forensics tournament in the nation, drawing competitors from both across the country and internationally. Students compete across several categories that test their skills in critical thinking, public speaking, and discourse.


About Bergen County Debate Club: BCDC was established in 2013 and now has two locations in Fort Lee and Glen Rock where they serve over 300 middle school and high school students. These students attend weekly after-school classes to improve their debating and public speaking skills and are given the opportunity to compete in the local Bergen County debate leagues. Additionally, the most advanced and dedicated BCDC students participate in their traveling team, which provides them the opportunity to travel and compete in tournaments across the nation.


Bergen County Debate Club students have found major success in recent years on both the national and state level including:

  • Qualifying to the 2019 Tournament of Champions
  • Qualifying to the National Debate Coaches Association National Tournament
  • Winning the UPenn and Georgetown Invitationals
  • Winning the New Jersey State Debate Tournament


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