Everyone has many passions, something that they are good and hopefully that they enjoy. One of my passions is policy debate. I participate in policy debate at the high school level. For those of you who don’t know anything about policy debate, it is an extracurricular activity in which each year the board of debate comes up with a general resolution, and each team comes up with a plan to achieve the resolution. When participating in the policy debate, you have a partner and both of you have to debate both the pros and the cons of each team’s plan. It sounds confusing, but it really isn’t that bad. I spend a generous portion of my time doing debate. The general resolution this year is “The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce its military and/or police presence in one or more of the following areas : South Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Turkey.”
I love doing debate because it allows me to see the world in a different manner, and it allows me stay updated on current event topics. My partner, Michael Moorhead, and I decided that our affirmative plan this year would be to remove private military contractors from Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of you reading this are probably like who are they? Believe you are not alone when I started I had no idea that the government employed private companies to fight for our security. I have learned so much from debate, learning from my own research, and learning from the other teams when they debate against us. I would encourage anyone who is in high school to get involved in debate if they have the chance. I started doing debate my sophomore year in high school, and I wish I had started it earlier. Even if you don’t plan on pursuing a career in law, I would still advise you to join!