Cynthia and Lydia are away from the family this weekend at the first Region 3 Speech & Debate Qualifier in Salt Lake City. Breaks were announced this morning, and both girls did well. Cynthia broke in all her limited-prep events (Impromptu, Extemp and Apologetics) and Lydia broke in Original Oratory. They are watching and flowing the next round of debate, and will be heading into semi-final speech rounds later this morning.
Wish I were there on this final day of the tournament. I plan to fly out to Salt Lake on Monday to meet the girls at the airport. We then are driving an additional 11 hours to Irvine, California, for the first Stoa Open Tournament (Stoa is a new home-school forensics league). The girls will compete again, and I will have a vendor’s table with speech & debate supplies available to the 400+ student registrants and their families. We’re looking forward to this!
Speech and debate has become the “sport” for home educators. I often ask parents, “Who were the jocks when you were in high school?” Typical answer: football, hockey, basketball players. In the home-school movement the jocks are debaters and competitive speakers. It is encouraging to see academically focused students as the “cool” kids in their social circles.
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I’ll post later with results. Go at it, Cynthia and Lydia!