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New Student Group Wins Debate Awards
Posted 12/16/2016 08:00AM

Students in Masters' newly formed Junior State of America (JSA) chapter won nine debate awards at a two-day conference in Boston during the weekend of December 10.

The JSA conference, entitled "From Promises to Policy: Unifying the Nation,” focused on challenges the country will face over the next four years and issues that will play a key role in the development of U.S. policies. Delegates engaged in debates designed to assess how the course of our nation might shift due to the results of the presidential election.

Upper School students Elijah Emery, Kintashe Mainsah, David Oks and Henry Williams attended the event, which drew about 350 high school students. David, Henry and Kintashe won Best Speaker gavels at the conference.

“We were a modest delegation of just four students, and yet took home nine Best Speaker awards,” says History and Religion teacher Brian Cheney, the group’s faculty advisor. “That means that our students won almost all of the debates in which they were main speakers. Hopefully, this can set the groundwork for future victories and growth!" 

“The debates at JSA cover virtually all the conceivable topics relevant to American politics, including whether Tim Kaine was the best possible running mate for Hillary Clinton, what police can do to foster more positive relationships with crime-ridden communities, and how to create a more cyber-secure America,” Mr. Cheney adds.

The mission of the JSA is “to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for lifelong involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society,” according to the organization’s website. “Participants learn statesmanship as they engage in political discourse. They cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views and learn to rise above self-interest to promote the public good.”


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