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Cover Story - January 28, 2011

Debate: Finding a voice, head to head

From 'ego-crushing moments' to state championships, high school debaters take risks, earn confidence

by Chris Kenrick

At Club Day her freshman year, Palo Alto High School student Julia Lee enthusiastically signed up for longboarding.

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Posted by Catherine Carter, a resident of Community Center
on Jan 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Thank you for covering the High School Speech and Debate Team. Our son is a Junior at Paly and got involved in Debate beginning in 8th grade at Jordan. The debate community is rich beyond words - providing a place to explore ideas and examine controversial topics from a wide range of perspectives. It encourages critical thinking, creativity, and discipline.

Beyond these benefits, this competitive team enjoys a very positive and supportive culture - that extends well beyond debate practice and tournaments. We're fortunate to have a strong and committed coaching staff and a generous parent community that volunteers time and provides financial support.

(Another article on the benefits of debate - Web Link)

Posted by good job, a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Good job, kids. I always enjoy these articles about academic achievements. This may not be as rewarding as a parade for the football team, but I'm sure the kids do appreciate seeing their names in the newspaper.

Posted by Esha Datta, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 31, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Just a quick correction regarding contacting issues for the Paly Summer Speech and Debate Camp: The email address in the newspaper is correct, but the phone number is not. To reach me by phone, please call (650)-868-3491.

Posted by Roy, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Nice article. Interesting to note how two local schools have different philosophy- Paly going to high stake competetive events, travels lot more, Gunn does slow debate,only local league events.