"I moved here in 7th grade from Haiti, where I grew up speaking Creole. My accent used to make me feel uncomfortable when speaking in public. Sometimes people would react in a condescending manner, they'd start laughing or saying, 'I don't understand what you're saying.' That's not very pleasant to hear. I feel like debate has helped me pronounce most of my words better and helped me to be better also at reading. I am now confident speaking in public and in class."
-Ranner, Urban Science Academy