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Middle School Debate Competitions a Tremendous Success

Congratulations ESU-Columbus Debate Chair, Dr. Steve Koch,  and all the schools who participated in the Columbus City Schools Gifted and Talented Spring Debate Tournament held at Capital University on April 13th, 2017.  The students debated the Resolution:  The United States Federal Government should strengthen requirements for vaccinations and immunizations.  

Approximately 90 students in grades 5-8 across 10 schools researched the topic and developed arguments for and against the resolution. Both the affirmative and negative side of the team debated their position against three other schools. Congratulations to all the students for doing an outstanding job. All participants received a T-shirt from Capital University and a medallion from the English Speaking Union of Columbus.

Participating Schools: Buckeye, Champion, Columbus Gifted Academy, Columbus City Preparatory Girls, Devonshire, Dominion, Duxberry Park, Ecole Kenwood, Gables, Ridgeview.


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Middle School Debates

Dr. Steve Koch, Chair of our Middle School Debate Championships, has announced that Finals will be held on Thursday, April 13 at 8AM at Capital University.  Admission is free. Schools from across the district participated in the Winter Debate Tournament for grades 5-8 at Capital University on Friday, December 9th, 2016. This event is sponsored by Columbus City Schools Gifted and Talented Office, Capital University and the English-Speaking Union of Columbus. 

First through third places are awarded with a team trophy and participant ribbons from the Columbus City Schools Gifted and Talented Office.  All students receive a T-shirt from Capital University and a medallion from the English-Speaking Union- Columbus Branch. For more information or to volunteer:


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Columbus Branch National Shakespeare Competition Winner Declared

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First Place winner, Clara Livingston and her teacher, Janetta Davis

On February 5, The Columbus Branch held its National Shakespeare Competition at the Abbey Theater of Dublin. Central Ohio Area high schools sent both their first and second place winners to the competition.


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December Middle School Debates

Students from across the Columbus City School District participated in our winter Middle School Debate Tournament on December 9. This debate is sponsored by the Columbus Branch of The English-Speaking Union and by Capital University and Columbus City Schools Gifted and Talented Program.

Students spent the morning debating whether the United States Federal Government should decrease domestic surveillance. We would especially like to congratulate the following schools who finished in the top three places for each division.

Division 1 Grades 5 and 6


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Annual English in Action Picnic

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Yong Gyu Lee, Jung Lye Kim & Rosalyn

The annual English in Action picnic was held on Sunday, October 2, 2016. Approximately 30 ESU visiting scholars, their families and the American volunteers enjoyed a sunny fall day at Duranceau Park near the banks of the Scioto River. The children especially enjoyed the playground and walking to the river through the park collecting buckeyes and acorns along the way. Many thanks to Vivian Harvey who organized the event.


The English-Speaking Union

Columbus Branch

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