"Debate makes me feel powerful. It gives me confidence to be thoughtful and smart. Debate has made me much smarter. It forces me to look at both sides of an argument, which is important in life. For example, my father left me and my mom when I was two. I was always angry at him and never tried to understand him. Now, because of debate, I can look at the situation from my father's point of view and that has helped me forgive him".
-Percy, New Mission High School