Our family, has only recently started doing basketball as part of our 'lifestyle'. Previous to this year, we have only really done Church, family and Speech and debate. We have done Speech and Debate for the last four years through a Christian homeschool league. (CCO/CCA). It has been so good for our family. We love it because it is something that our whole family can be involved in.
|Thomas won second place in Poetry Interpretation|
|Thomas won first place in Impromptu Apologetics|
The second set of events are the impromptu events. There are three choices here. There is 'Impromptu' where the speaker is given a quote and then has two minutes to give a five minute speech. Another event is Impromptu Apologetics. In this speech event, you are given an apologetics question (Ex. How can a good God allow suffering in the world?) and then you have three minutes to put together a seven minute response that must be presented conversationally to the judges. The third event in this category is Extemporaneous Commentary. This event involves being given a question re an international, national or economics issues and the speaker is given thirty minutes to research and gather evidence and then they have to present a seven minute 'newscast' style speech. The third category is the Informative events. The one event is informative, wherein the speaker gives a ten minute memorized on any subject they wish. T-Bob is doing his speech on basketball. The other informative event is rhetorical criticism. This is also a ten minute memorized speech. Thomas is competing in this event. He is evaluating whether Snowden is a hero.
|Thomas and his partner finished fourth in debate|
In debate the resolution they are debating is "The US federal government should reform its counterterrorism policy(s) for the domestic surveillance of US citizens." It is a super current topic and changes almost daily. It keeps the kids on their toes and requires them to stay on top of the news. Thomas and his partner did well. They made it to the semifinals where thy lost to the team that won the tournament.
Here is our club. They are a fine group of young people. I really enjoy my time with them.