Ms. Purvis’s WHS Debate Team is conducting a debate camp this summer from August 4 through August 8. It will be held each day from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Woodgrove High School and is open to students who will be attending Woodgrove HS or Loudoun Valley HS. The purpose of the camp is to introduce aspiringdebaters to the art of debate in three different formats: policy debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, and public forum debate. The camp will feature guest counselors from regional high schools who are champions in their respective categories.
Besides learning the characteristics and necessary skills to debate, participants will learn critical information about various philosophies, the constitution, how the three chambers of our government function,and different types of economies. Counselors will also work one-on-one with participants, coaching themto prepare arguments on both sides of issues, to develop speaking skills that ensure an articulate delivery style, to complete research that supports their arguments, and to WIN tournaments. Successful debaters are accepted to the college of their choice more than 60 percent of the time, not to mention the scholarships many prestigious colleges offer to those who agree to participate in debate.
Registration forms are available at the main office at Woodgrove HS during summer hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. To guarantee admittance to the camp, complete the form and submit it along with the registration fee of $75. by the end of July. Participants can also register on August 4 in room L514 at WHS, the day the camp begins. Acceptance on the August 4 depends on the number of pre-registered participants.