The Highland Park High School debate team will compete in a congressional debate hosted by Harvard University Feb. 16-18, reports the Chicago Tribune. Topics will include foreign affairs, economic and public welfare.
Congressional Debate is a public speaking event in which current events are debated, simulating a real legislative situation as might be found in Washington D.C. or Springfield, according to the debate team's Website. Students have the opportunity to write legislation on a variety of topics and debate with other area high schools at a monthly tournament.
"It's serious work and the more they put in, the more they get out," said debate team president Alex Foster in the Chicago Tribune.
Last month, Highland Park High School placed first at the Tournament of Champions Qualifier and Invitational, held at the school, reported Patch. Caleb Goldstein received the highest achievement as the 3rd place Quality Speaker (3rd out of 250).
Highland Park High School Debate Team Places 1st at Tournament