NEWS: Debate Society Open To All Students

By Ann Reed – Staff Reporter

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Law’s Debate Society provides a forum for rousing debate, and is open to all students.

The Debate Society meets every Monday at 2:10 p.m. to discuss topics that change weekly.

“Debate Society is a gathering of people who discuss a current political topic divided into two groups: the opposition and the affirmative,” junior President of Debate Society Tiffany Carlson said. “It is encouraged to take different stances than your own at times to see new perspectives, but it will almost always be up to the member to choose what side they wish to be on.”

Some topics debated include the Syrian refugee, the 2016 presidential election, and many other timely topics. Students are encouraged to consider both sides of the debate instead of just sticking to their personal opinion.

“We decide as a group which topics to debate, usually cycling through various topics including social issues, economics, political problems, and others,” Debate Society advisor and history teacher Mr. Evanko said.

Evanko is a Debate Society veteran this year and enjoys seeing students passionate and informed about timely topics.

This club challenges students to dig deep and form an opinion on topics that they might be too scared to discuss otherwise. It is a place where students can go to learn about the topics that push boundaries and take students outside of their comfort zones.

“Debate Society is important because it provides a bunch of different skills to the students that they wouldn’t necessarily get out of academic classes such as public speaking and self-confidence,” history teacher and Debate Society advisor Miss. Mannion said. “And it encourages kids to be up-to-date on current issues.”

Students are able to join anytime. You don’t have to come to every meeting to be apart of the club, you just have to come ready to debate.

“Anyone who is interested in learning how to argue, and ready to stand up for what they have researched is welcome,” Mannion said. “It gets lively, but we certainly know that everyone has to be respectful.”

The Debate Society hopes to recruit more members throughout the year by encouraging students to step out of their comfort zones and give their club a try.

“A lot of these kids end up having college interviews with big shot people at colleges and you would like to sound self-assured and academically driven, and it (Debate Society) helps,” Mannion said.

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