Harper Hosts High School Debate Tournament

Harper College will welcome 500 high school debaters from across the state as it hosts the Illinois Congressional Debate Association State Tournament from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

Competitors have spent the last month researching and preparing for the tournament, where they will write legislation, work together in committees and debate their own bills and resolutions just as practiced in Congress.

"Like most political venues, this kind of debate requires that students maintain positive relationships even when there is disagreement," said Darrell Robin, an adjunct speech instructor at Harper and the Director of Technology for the Illinois Congressional Debate Association. "Not only are students learning about important issues, learning how to debate and develop arguments, but they're also learning how to negotiate through communication and cooperation."

Students from nearly a dozen high schools in Districts 211, 214 and 220 will be among the competitors.

"This is a great opportunity to show potential debaters what Harper College is all about," said Professor Jeff Przybylo, the College's Director of Speech and Debate. "The more often we get high school students onto a college campus like this, the more likely they are to want to pursue higher education at a school like Harper."

Harper's own award-winning debate team will be competing in the state, regional and national tournaments over the next two months.

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