Dr. Jacques also expressed pride in the work of the students and their ability to remain flexible throughout the year. "The students talked about the unpredictability of the debates," says Dr. Jacques. "We explained to them that the mornings of the tournaments are unpredictable. Debaters have to be flexible and adaptable and learn how to roll with the punches."
As an example, Dr. Jacques pointed to the tenacity of Anelyse Lopez, one of their debate team members. On the morning of one of the team's tournaments, her two teammates were not able to arrive in time for the debate due to car troubles. She had to take on a three-person team of opponents as an Ironwoman, or one-person debater. She was able to push through the challenge to take home third place overall.
"We are proud of the dedicated support staff and debate coaches," says Dr. Jacques. "Our community is fortunate to have the support of parents who are committed to debate and support our approach. Having stakeholders who are committed to the vision is a plus."
Image: 2018 Top Scholars Debate Team 'Early Scholars'
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