By defeating 100 other teams from around the world in 2021, two intelligent young women shattered the record for becoming the first black female team to win the debate at Harvard University.
The two girls, Emani Stanton and Jayla Jackso, received a lot of recognition for the amazing exploits they accomplished while attending various high schools.
Emani Stanton attended North Atlanta High School in Atlanta, Georgia, while Jayla Jackson attends Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Sandy Springs, Georgia. They both participated as a team in the debate that was conducted at Harvard University.
Their win saw them go undefeated for all 10 rounds of the competition to break the record of emerging as the first black duo to win the competition. “The bar has been raised, and that’s a good thing for people and for girls of color all around the world. It is still mind-blowing for us. We went in there, and we did it.,” Jackson told NBC.
By recognizing them on their Instagram page, the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project (HDCDP) stated that they had shown the world what was possible when the playing field was leveled.
“We did it AGAIN! Our 4th consecutive championship win was brought home to Atlanta by Jayla & Emani with an #UNDEFEATED record as they became the FIRST EVER Black girl duo to win Harvard’s international debate competition against over one hundred debaters from around the world. They have shown the world what’s possible when the playing field is leveled!” HDCDP wrote on Instagram.
One of the two young girls, Emani Stanton, graduated from North Atlanta High School in Georgia in 2022 with her class. After getting her diploma, she applied for the Gates Scholarships and was accepted to study computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.