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March 2015 Alumni Newsletter


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Michelle is a senior at Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School (TX) and a member of the National Speech & Debate Association's Student Inclusion Committee.

"Debate not only made me a stronger student, it made me an aware member of the human race. I was able to intellectually discuss pressing issues and other forms of questions and topics with anyone. In addition, debate helped me discover my passions, exposing me to the world of business and economics. I like to always say the reason I am pursuing a Business Administration Degree at Babson College next fall is solely because of debate."
  
Why did you join speech and debate?
Honestly, I had no choice. It was my sophomore year, and I was placed into a debate class. My school is small and this was the first year debate was offered. To my luck, it was also being taught by a brand new teacher. However, I came to class every day with an open mind, and honestly, I am so glad I did.
Because the class was in its first year, the entire year was spent learning about the different types of debate. Toward the end of the year, my teacher, Ms. Whitlock, shared an opportunity with the class in order to take our newly acquired debating skills out into the real world. The only problem was that the tournament was a type of debate that we had not been taught yet — Policy Debate. After one short week of preparation, my partner and I debated in the Novice Fall City Champs with the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance and managed to go all the way to finals. It was during this moment I realized I not only had a knack for public speaking, but a passion for learning concepts, policies, and other forms of ideas well beyond the reach of what I was learning in school. I had fallen in love with oratory activities and knew this was something I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life.
 
What event(s) do you compete in?
I debated in the Urban Debate League circuit for two solid years but always sought out opportunities in the larger circuits. I dabbled in Texas Forensics Association (TFA) and University Interscholastic League (UIL) competitions whenever I could. I also branched off and did Extemporaneous Speaking for UIL. However, because senior year has been quite a handful, I mostly coached and helped younger teams prep this year.  
 
How has speech and debate helped you in school?
It brought what I was learning into context. From foreign affairs to modern and ancient philosophy, much of what I was applying into my school work and other outside activities were from the skills and concepts I was exposed to while debating. Debate not only made me a stronger student, it made me an aware member of the human race. I was able to intellectually discuss pressing issues and other forms of questions and topics with anyone. In addition, debate helped me discover my passions, exposing me to the world of business and economics. I like to always say that the reason I am pursuing a Business Administration Degree at Babson College next fall is solely because of debate. 
 
What's your favorite moment so far on the speech and debate team?
Late night research and breaking down kritiks. Before any tournament, my partner and I would tackle a kritik and conduct some last-minute research on cases and other arguments. Though most nights were filled with laughter, there was no better feeling in the world than learning and delving into topics that interested me. I also loved going against new kritiks and forms of arguments I had never been exposed to. Most of those debates ended in losses, but I usually walked out of the room eager to learn more about what I had just encountered. That was the best.

Debate is awesome and I lived for the moments that would allow me to learn more.


Andrew is a sophomore at Okoboji Community School (IA) and a member of the National Speech & Debate Association's Student Leadership Committee.

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Speech and debate has helped me enhance my critical thinking skills and stand for what I believe in, not only in school, but my everyday life."
  
Why did you join speech and debate?
From a very young age I had a knack for arguing with people (especially my parents to their dismay). So, going through my older sister's yearbooks, I decided that I would join speech and debate to hone those skills grown at home and to give myself a voice in the world.
 
What event(s) do you compete in?
I compete in Public Forum, Congress, and Policy.
 
How has speech and debate helped you in school?
Speech and debate has helped me enhance my critical thinking skills and stand for what I believe in, not only in school, but my everyday life.
 
What's your favorite moment so far on the speech and debate team?
My favorite moment that I've had is... different. It would have to be the moment after my debate coach announced his retirement. The tears and hugs of support showed me how much of a family my team and the speech and debate community is — how an activity can bring people from all walks of life together. I love my team; they are my family, and I will never forget this moment.
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