Young debaters prepare to face off

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Standing in front of a bank of judges, Billy Bock faced the unenviable task of arguing that America no longer is the greatest country in the world.

He cited statistics on education level, crime and quality of life. Figures on divorce and drug use illustrated moral shortcomings. His statements were clear and definitive, assertive but not preachy.

Getting that greatness back would require returning to the country’s moral roots, he concluded.

“America is not the greatest country in the world anymore,” he said, pausing for a beat before adding, “but she can be.”

For area students like Bock looking to sharpen their communication skills, think on their feet and learn how to research a position, the REJO!CE Speech & Debate Club offers them a chance to speak up. The group is made up of home-schooled students from throughout central Indiana who gather regularly to practice debate.

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