Atlanta Great Debaters, Madison Webb, and Christian Flournoy, for the third year in a row, clinched the championship title for the international Harvard debate competition.
While Madison Webb makes history as the first Black female student, Christian Flournoy scooped the title of the youngest Black male student ever to win the competition.
The competition which held virtually in 2020 because of COVID-19, saw the duo compete against students from more than 25 countries.
The entire team was congratulated for doing “an awesome job,” while senior Madison Webb, the first Black female student, and sophomore Christian Flournoy, the youngest Black male student, earned praise for securing the victory.
The annual Harvard Diversity Project recruits talented applicants from the pool of hundreds throughout Metro Atlanta who have never engaged in debate.
On Saturdays, the students then undergo a rigorous 10-month training regimen, spanning various academic disciplines that foster critical thinking, public speaking, and argumentation.
A summer residency at Harvard College is the height of the program, where students study academic debate alongside and compete against hundreds of gifted scholars from around the world.
Harvard Diversity Project (HarvardDCDP.org) aims to promote educational equity by creating opportunities for underserved youth to gain exposure and access to academic training that will distinguish them as top candidates in the college admissions process.