Sunday, December 4, 2022

Local students excel at international debate

Students from Flower Mound and Argyle took the top two spots in a week-long leadership and debate camp hosted by retired Gen. Tommy Franks from July 1–10.

Brit Woods of Flower Mound and Jeris Abuhoran of Salt, Jordan competed against 22 other teams debating whether the United States should support a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and Palestine at King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan.

The second place team of Andrew McNair of Argyle and Mohammad Oran of Amman, Jordan won $1,000 scholarships.

McNair also won a $1,000 scholarship for being voted the top speaker.

‘Four Star Debate: Developing Leaders’ is hosted by the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute, the National Center for Policy Analysis  and the Academy of Leadership & Liberty at Oklahoma Christian University.

“At Four Star Debate, we strive to teach students how to disagree without being disagreeable,” Gen. Franks said.

“With the current conflicts plaguing our world, I am confident we’re in good hands with these 50 students leading the way. Jeris and Brit showed the kind of determination and teamwork that make great leaders.”

After the final debate, students took excursions to Wadi Rum and Petra to experience Jordanian culture and scenery first-hand.

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