Sixty Columbus Middle School students will be honing their debating skills at Capital University on Friday, December 11. This Middle School Debate, one of two debates, is sponsored by the Columbus Branch of The English-Speaking Union in conjunction with the Columbus City Schools and Capital University.
According to Dr. Stephen Koch, President of the Columbus Branch and Professor of Communications at Capital, "The debates are dynamic speaking affairs in the Oxford tradition, featuring respectful interruption (points of information) and argumentative heckling."
The topic for this winter debate is Genetically Modified Organisms in Food Production. In addition to the 60 students, 15 judges, 15 timers and coaches/teachers and tournament staff will participate.
Participating schools are: Columbus City Girls Preparatory, Columbus Gifted Academy, Devonshire Elementary, Dominion Middle School, Ecole Kenwood, and Ridgeview Middle School.
A second tournament will be held in the spring.