Destiny Christian Academy Students Awarded Top Debaters In Atlanta
By: Destiny Christian Academy
"I am extremely proud of our students this year," says Debate Team Coach Fred Johnson. "Nothing sells like confidence, and nothing builds confidence like preparation. And we go into each debate prepared to win," adds Johnson who also serves as the school's 4th grade teacher.
The debate team consists of twelve 4th and 5th graders. They attend grueling weekly debate practices that cover a variety of topics and activities to improve their knowledge of the subject matter, enhance their speaking and presentation skills (voice modulation, eye contact, hand gestures, etc.). "Practice builds their confidence, self-esteem, and belief in themselves. What really stands out is how our 5th grade students mentor our 4th grade students and help them to prepare," says Johnson.
DCA won the title by arguing the AUDL tournament resolution "Schools should invest more in providing healthier meals, than in physical education, to promote overall student and community well-being."
DCA's headmaster, Pastor Wilbur Purvis, compares the debate team to the 2007 blockbuster movie "The Great Debaters" (http://www.imdb.com/
"This time of year all eyes are usually glued to athletic competition, but our students are mental competitors,"
AUDL hosts five elementary school debates during the school year. They provide debate education programs and opportunities for diverse students. The remainder debate tournaments for the school year are scheduled for February 2; March 9; and May 11.