Caption: Students from Wilkerson Middle School and Putnam Middle School debate during the SpeakFirst debate tournament Dec. 2, 2014, at Ramsay High School in Birmingham, Ala. (Jon Reed/

More than 100 students from six Birmingham middle schools participated in the SpeakFirst Middle School Debate League’s final tournament of 2014. Coverage of the tournament was featured in The Birmingham News on December 2, 2014.

The article, “Birmingham middle school students get confidence boost through debate program,” discusses the benefits of debate for middle school students and features additional photos of SpeakFirst participants, along with a video of several students competing in a debate round.

The full article, written by Jon Reed, can be found at