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LPHS to offer a debate club

Posted by wlpo on July 18, 2012

LP High School has a team or club for just about ever student- from foreign languages to bass fishing.  Soon students who enjoy a good argument will have a place to sharpen their skills.

Starting with the new school year the school will be offering debate club.  It’s the brainchild of English teacher Jill Hoelzer and was warmly received by new Activities and Athletics Director D’Wayne Bates.  The school board agreed to it Wednesday night.

Bates says that research shows that students who are involved in debate teams have strong academic performance and critical thinking skills.  He says LP would be the only school in their IHSA conference to offer it.

In its first year the club will debate in-house and find other teams to watch debate.  By the third year they would like to have a team in the IHSA.  LP hasn’t had a debate team since 1969.

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