I’m Rafael Pina a soon to be 8th grader attending Bob Lanier Middle School. If there is anything I’ve learned at Lanier, it’s that whatever your dream is in life you can achieve. This is true for many reasons, but Lanier has several options for its students to partake in the form of a wide variety of electives. A lot of these choices are famous such as art, drama, and orchestra, however the choice that stuck out to me the most is Debate. It is heavily talked about and pushed by the members of this prestigious team. The more research I did the more interested I became in the fascinating argument based event and I quickly jumped at the opportunity to join the Lanier Debate Club.
Most people assume that debate is just two angry people in suits yelling at each other, but this is common misconception. Debate is a sophisticated event with a fair bit of competitiveness from the team members, but it is also fairly casual and extremely fun. Firstly, there are two sections of debate and Lanier competes in both. The first is what people assume debate solely is, it contains public form, the format in which two partners select an argument and make their case against the enemy team. This exemplifies the competition and style of debate. Writing your case for both sides of the argument is a daunting task but makes you improve your writing skill as well as teaching you argument strategy. This is fun and becoming good at this event practically gains you extreme popularity in the team (obviously, I was never excellent at this event). If you are extremely deft at arguing or are very competitive take this end up and maybe become a lawyer.
The second half of debate is interpretative debate or interp for short. This is the other side of the coin being more similar to theatre or the arts. Inside of this category rests more performance based events. One of the events named Duet Acting is exactly the namesake you find a partner and a piece/script and perform it. This helps you with performance skills like voice inflections, character voice, and of course teamwork. Impromptu is another popular event, which includes getting three random topics, choosing one, and then creating a structured speech discussing said topic (Not to brag but I consider myself quite good at this event). This is really fun and helps with public speaking and real politicians use this skill when asked about topics by the media. Other events include Poetry, Humorous Acting, and prose. These are also speech events.
I hope I’ve convinced you to join debate and shown you that I’m a proud of the Lanier Middle School Debate Team (the best one!). Debate is really fun and going to debate tournaments is one of the most entertaining things in school.
I hope your debate teacher is as fun as Mr. Hill and your team is filled with good people and you choose your career correctly. I think I know what I’m going to do.