What we're all about

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Debating Today, Changing the World Tomorrow. We are the socially conscious high school Dragon Debate Team with diverse racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds at DSST: Cole in Denver, CO. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @DSSTColeDebate Funding Needs: Debate is an amazing educational extracurricular, but it often actually perpetuates social inequity due to the costs, systems, and structures which are more accessible to the upper class. Please help fund and empower our @DSSTColeDebate Team of amazing debaters so we can travel and compete at elite national circuit tournaments!
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$2,846 Raised since November 29, 2016

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What we're up to

  • Edco donated
  • Chris Jarvis donated "Best of luck at Stanford this week!"
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  • Oumar Diallo donated
  • Nicole Leibering donated
  • “An anonymous donation was made "Mike, I'm excited to meet the team. Welcome to Stanford! " - via Michael Suomi
  • Edco donated
  • Arizona State University Tournament Results!

    Thank you so much for all of your support! It helped us go to our first national circuit tournament at Arizona State University at the beginning of January. The teams did incredible - in their first year in debate and first national circuit tournament both teams went 3-3 and were in the top half of elite national circuit debate teams from around the country!

  • Edco donated
  • Natasha Garfield donated "Way to go, Cole debate team! Looking forward to hearing about the national circuit experience."
  • Donna Elledge donated "Best wishes to each of you. " - via Francisco Gilmore
  • Brad White donated "I may be a falcon now but still a dragon at heart. Go get em y'all." - via Francisco Gilmore
  • Rebecca Luetjen donated
  • Charlie Lauters donated "Hey Suom-Dawg! Good luck at The tournament. Do you guys need any research done?" - via Michael Suomi
  • Altman Company donated
  • Bill Kurtz donated "You will do an amazing job representing DSST - Go Dragons! "
  • “An anonymous donation was made "Let's Go Dragons! You all are awesome"
  • Molly Couture donated "Get it Dragons!!!" - via Lila Jordan
  • Doris Burd donated - via Lila Jordan
  • Carrie Rohm donated
  • Debra Vicksman donated "Good luck at Stanford"
  • Kathleen Frank donated
  • John & Deby Sweatt donated "In honor of your 7th grade science teacher, Ms.McCann! Go Dragons!"
  • Carlo Depena donated "Good Luck and keep working hard. " - via Francisco Gilmore
  • “An anonymous donation was made "GO DSST COLE debate team - we are behind you all the way!"
  • Caleb Petersen donated "Keep up the good work!"
  • Jeff Tissue donated "I am so proud of you all! What an amazing group of driven, compassionate students! Keep it up!"
  • Jan and Dell Bernstein donated "Good luck to you. You have an admirable record t o build on. Take our love and support with you as you continue." - via Lila Jordan
  • Les & Bev Jordan donated "What an exciting event to participate in. Good luck to the team!!!"
  • Thank you! + DU Mile High Tournament Pics

    We have been extremely grateful and touched to see your overwhelming generosity and kind words in our first few days of fundraising! Your support means the world to us. We continue to work extremely hard every day and are growing in skill and confidence at each tournament - here are a few pictures of our amazing team after completing the grueling 6-round two-day Mile High Tournament at the University of Denver. We are so excited to compete against the best of the best at Stanford and NDCA Nationals this year!

  • Stephen Karnes donated
  • Matthew Boumphrey donated "Good luck!"
  • Courtney DeAnda donated "I am so proud of all of you and the incredible things you are doing (and going to do) through debate! GO GET EM! :)" - via Francisco Gilmore
  • Amanda Palenchar donated
  • Rebecca Richardson donated "So proud of you all. Good luck!!!"
  • Judith Jay donated - via Francisco Gilmore
  • Eric Benzel donated "So excited about the incredible work that is happening on our Cole Debate Team! You guys are rock stars!" - via Michael Suomi
  • Chris Crum donated "I debate for Bates College and debate is close to my heart. I'm happy to support it in my hometown. Best of Luck Cole!"
  • “An anonymous donation was made "Keep up the great work! Debate opened many doors for me - you are powerful beyond measure, truly. Go kick some a%#!"
  • DSST: Cole High School has started online fundraising!

    Our team has officially started accepting credit card donations. We need awesome team members and donors like you to share this link and tell your community why you support DSST: Cole High School DSST: Cole Dragon Debate Team!


  • Michael Suomi is now a leader for the DSST: Cole High School DSST: Cole Dragon Debate Team

  • At 09:02 pm, the fundraising platform for DSST: Cole High School was born.